Petrus Palmu

Petrus Palmu (born 16 July 1997) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing with Mikkelin Jukurit in the Liiga. He was drafted 181st overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Petrus Palmu
Born (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 (age 25)
Joensuu, Finland
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
Jukurit
HC TPS
JYP Jyväskylä
ERC Ingolstadt
NHL Draft 181st overall, 2017
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2017–present

Playing careerEdit

Palmu played in his native Finland, as a youth with Jokipojat and Jokerit at the Junior A and B level before opting to continue his development in North America after he was selected 22nd overall in the 2014 CHL import draft by the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Following three seasons of major junior hockey with Owen Sound and after his selection to the Vancouver Canucks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Palmu opted to return to Finland to embark on his professional career, agreeing to a contract with TPS of the Liiga on May 3, 2017.

In the 2017–18 season Palmu led all-rookies within the Liiga by posting 17 goals and 36 points in 59 games. As a result, Palmu was awarded the Jarmo Wasama Memorial Trophy as the Liiga's Rookie of the Year.[1][2]

On May 28, 2018, Palmu signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).[3] After attending the Canucks 2018 training camp, Palmu was reassigned to begin the 2018–19 season with AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets.[4] Petrus played just 12 of 28 games with Utica, featuring heavily as a healthy scratch, before he was loaned back to TPS to continue his development for the remainder of the season on December 13, 2018.[5]

Palmu again attended the Vancouver Canucks training camp prior to the 2019–20 season, before he was returned to Finland for a second consecutive year on loan, joining JYP Jyväskylä on 3 October 2019.[6] In a top-line scoring role, Palmu rebounded from his previous season in collecting 14 goals and 35 points through 47 regular season games.

Entering the final season of his entry-level contract with the Canucks, having been pushed down in the depth chart and with the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the 2020–21 season, Palmu remained in Europe after he loaned by Vancouver to German club, ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL, on 23 November 2020.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Jokerit Jr. A 10 1 2 3 6
2014–15 Owen Sound Attack OHL 62 22 20 42 20 5 1 0 1 0
2015–16 Owen Sound Attack OHL 52 23 26 49 30 6 3 3 6 8
2016–17 Owen Sound Attack OHL 62 40 58 98 34 17 13 8 21 6
2017–18 TPS Liiga 59 17 19 36 36 11 4 2 6 4
2018–19 Utica Comets AHL 12 0 1 1 2
2018–19 TPS Liiga 29 4 14 18 8 4 0 0 0 0
2019–20 JYP Jyväskylä Liiga 47 13 22 35 24
2020–21 ERC Ingolstadt DEL 37 9 13 22 6 1 0 0 0 0
2021–22 Jukurit Liiga 59 26 33 59 24 7 2 3 5 4
Liiga totals 194 60 88 148 92 22 6 5 11 8

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Finland IH18 5th 4 4 4 8 4
2015 Finland U18   7 1 2 3 4
2017 Finland WJC 9th 6 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 17 5 6 11 10

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
OHL
Second All-Star Team 2017
Liiga
Jarmo Wasama Memorial Trophy 2018 [1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Official, Liiga. "#Liiga-kauden 2017-18 paras tulokas: Petrus Palmu, #HCTPS". Liiga Official. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  2. ^ Wagner, Daniel (30 April 2018). "Canucks prospect Petrus Palmu one of three finalists for Liiga rookie of the year". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Canucks Sign Forward Petrus Palmu". NHL.com. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Canucks assign three players to Utica". Vancouver Canucks. 23 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Welcome back Petrus Palmu!" (in Finnish). HC TPS. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  6. ^ "JYP gets confirmation with Palmu for rest of season" (in Finnish). JYP Jyväskylä. 3 October 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Palmu signs for ERC" (in German). ERC Ingolstadt. 23 November 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2020.

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