SKA Hockey Club have completed the transfers of Swedish forward Joakim Lindstrom and Finn Jarno Koskiranta.
SKA vice-president Roman Rotenberg:
- Joakim Lindstrom is an experienced forward, has considerable knowledge of the KHL, and will not need time to adapt. He sees the game excellently, isn’t scared of getting stuck into the battle, and gives his all for the team. Joakim is regularly called up to the Swedish national team, and was the best Swedish forward at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Minsk. It’s very important for us that he wants to play for SKA.
Jarno Koskiranta has great skating ability, has the character of a champion, and notches up a lot of points – last season he racked up 50 points, and that’s a serious showing. Jarno is a true fighter, and SKA wants to purchase such players.
Joakim Lindstrom: Joakim is a Swedish forward who is now 31 years old. He began his professional career for Modo Hockey in Sweden, and in 2002 he was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets and made his NHL debut in the 2005/2006 season. He was a Skelleftea player from 2010 to 2014, and then this season he spent in the NHL with both the Saint Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is regularly called up to the Swedish national team, and took bronze from the 2014 IIHF World Championship. In the 2009/2010 season he was a KHL player for HC Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, and took 30 points (10+20) from 55 games.
Jarno Koskiranta: Jarno is a Finnish forward, and is now 28 years old. He began his professional career in 2007 in the second Finnish division, and then played with SaiPa for three seasons. He ended up winning Finnish bronze medals while representing Tappara Tempere. He has played more than 20 matches for his national team, and took part in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. He has been a KHL player for HC Sibir Novosibirsk for the past two campaigns, and this season picked up 42 points (13+32) in the regular season and 6 (5+1) during the playoffs.