Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/24/13
The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Mikko Vainonen (vigh-NOH-nehn) to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Predators announced the deal Friday. Vainonen, 19, spent his first season with the Kingston Frontenacs in the CHL, and the native of Finland was fourth among defensemen with 22 points. He also was the captain of Finland's team at the 2012 U-18 World Championships. He was the Predators' sixth selection in the 2012 draft at No. 118 overall in the fourth round.
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