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Predators sign prospect d-man Lyytinen to two-year entry-level deal

Quarterfinal2 - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

TORONTO, ON -JANUARY 2: William Nylander #21 of Team Sweden skates after a loose puck against Joonas Lyytinen #6 of Team Finland during a quarter-final game in the 2015 IIHF World Junior hockey championship at the Air Canada Centre on January 2, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Team Sweden defeated Team Finland 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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The hockey world marveled at the play of the Predators’ vaunted blue line during the playoffs. On Monday, Nashville added some depth on defense.

The Predators announced the signing of Finnish blue liner Joonas Lyytinen to a two-year entry-level contract.

The Predators selected Lyytinen in the fifth round, 132nd overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Now 22 years old, he has spent the last four seasons developing his game in Finland. This past season, he had eight goals and 24 points in 54 games, finishing second among KalPa defensemen in points.