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Calgary Flames Sign First Round Pick Juuso Valimaki to ELC

The Flames lock up their highest pick from 2017

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As signings continue to flow in from the Flames, the latest is Juuso Valimaki. He was drafted 16th overall at this past entry draft and figures to be a huge part of this Flames defensive core in the future.

Valimaki will likely be headed back to Tri-City of the WHL this season before there could be some decisions the following year.

What this slide essentially means is that if Valimaki were to play in the AHL in 2018-19, the Flames won’t lose a year off his ELC. This means that if this situation occurs, Valimaki would be signed on his ELC through the 2021-2022 season.

Good on the Flames for getting his signing out of the way, and I can’t wait to see what his future holds.