Kalle Kossila, the St. Cloud State senior that racked up 54 points in 41 games this year, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Ducks, the club confirmed on Wednesday.
Kossila, 22, enjoyed a tremendous ’15-16 campaign, leading the Huskies in scoring while drawing even with North Dakota freshman Brock Boeser — Vancouver’s first-round pick at last year’s draft — for the NCHC points title.
The Finnish forward ended his career as St. Cloud State’s sixth-leading scorer all-time.
Kossila’s two-year deal kicks in next season and, per the Star-Tribune, he’s now off to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego to begin his pro career on an amateur tryout contract.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of trajectory his career takes.
The Ducks have a wealth of options at forward, but have five UFAs (David Perron, Jamie McGinn, Shawn Horcoff, Chris Stewart and Mike Santorelli) in July, plus two intriguing RFAs in Brandon Pirri and Rickard Rakell.
Anaheim also figures to have some cap issues this summer, and have two very important d-men in Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen needing new deals. As such, a guy signed on the cheap like Kossila could find himself playing a role on the team, at some point.