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Former first round draft pick Jiri Tlusty heads to Finland

An NHL vetran forward Jiri Tlusty is leaving for Finnish Elite League (Liiga).

Tlusty, 28, has signed a deal with Liiga’s Karpat club located in the city of Oulu, located along the western coast near the border with Sweden.

Last season the winger notched four points in 30 games played with the New Jersey Devils.

The confirmation of the contract was verified by Elite Prospects.

Originally selected thirteenth overall in the 2006 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tlusty has played in 446 NHL regular season games since his debut during the 2007-08 season.

Over the years the Czech Republic native has suited up for several NHL clubs including the Maple Leafs, Caroline Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets, and the Devils.

During the lockout in 2012-13 he signed with HC Kladno in the Czech Republic. He scored 12 goals and 11 assists in the 24 games played before rejoining the Hurricanes after the lockout was ended for the season.

While the 6-foot, 205-pound winger has spent most the last decade playing in North America he has represented the Czech national team on several occasions, most recently being the IIHF Men’s World Championship in 2013. During the competition, he scored a goal and three assists in eight tournament games.

This will be Tlusty’s first contract with the Finnish league.

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