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NHL: Panthers Sign Forwards Haapala and Mamin to Entry-Level Contracts

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed forwards Henrik Haapala and Maxim Mamin to two-year entry level contracts.

“We are excited to sign two talented young forward prospects in Henrik and Maxim,” said Tallon. “Both players have spent the last few seasons playing in the elite leagues in their home countries and have excelled. Henrik is a dynamic playmaker who led the Finnish league in scoring and Maxim is a strong two-way presence who plays the type of physical game that can help us win games. With their talent level and experience, we’ll be giving both players a chance to compete for a roster spot with the Panthers next season.”

Haapala, 23, appeared in 51 games with Tampere Tappara of Finland’s Liiga, recording a league-leading 45 assists and 60 points (15-45-60). The 5-foot-9, 165-pound native of Lempaala, Finland was awarded the Veli-Pekka Ketola Trophy as Liiga’s points leader.  Happala won his second consecutive Liiga Championship in 2017, posting nine points (2-7-9) in 16 playoffs games. Haapala played alongside Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov in Tappara during the 2012-13 season.

Internationally, Haapala won a gold medal with Team Finland at the 2014 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship, recording three points (1-2-3) in seven games.

Mamin, 22, appeared in 42 games with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League, recording 25 points (12-13-25) before producing three points (2-1-3) in nine playoff games. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound native of Moscow, Russia played in four games for Zvezda Chekhov of Russia’s VHL, amassing five points (2-3-5). In the 2014-15 season, Mamin won the KHL’s Aleksei Cherepanov Award for rookie of the year after registering 10 points (5-5-10) in 39 games for CSKA Moscow.

Originally selected by the Panthers in the fifth round (175th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Mamin won a silver medal with Team Russia at the 2015 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship, recording five points (2-3-5) in seven games.

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