Ville Pokka, Islanders reach deal

Ville Pokka shakes hands during day two of Ville Pokka shakes hands during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett

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The Islanders have agreed to terms with 19-year-old defenseman Ville Pokka on a three-year, entry-level contract.

The deal was announced by the Islanders on Wednesday.

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Pokka, selected by New York in the second round of the 2012 draft, had six goals and 21 assists in 54 games with Karpat during his third full season in Liiga (Finland). Pokka was one of three finalists as the top defenseman in the league.

He also had two goals and nine assists in 16 postseason games, helping lead Karpat to the Liiga Championship this year. In 138 career regular-season games with Karpat, Pokka has 12 goals and 30 assists.

The Islanders chose him with the No. 34 pick two years ago.

Pokka represented Finland at the past three World Junior championships, winning gold this year.

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