NHL: Jake Virtanen released from his professional trial

NHL: Jake Virtanen released from pro trial


Jake Virtanen's attempt to return to the National Hockey League (NHL) ended in failure, with the forward being released from his pro tryout by the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. 

The right-winger was left out of the Vancouver Canucks in 2021 as he was under investigation for sexual assault. The 26-year-old hockey player was found not guilty last July by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Before getting his shot at the Oilers, Virtanen had spent a season in the Continental League with Spartak Moscow, where he had amassed 16 points in 36 games. In his career in the NHL, the sixth player selected in the 2014 draft has collected 100 points in 317 games, all with the Canucks.

At the Calgary Flames, veteran Cody Eakin has also not was able to convince the staff to give him a place in the line-up. The center player has more than 700 games of experience in the Bettman circuit. Last year with the Buffalo Sabres, the Manitoban recorded 12 points in 69 games.

The Flames also released left wing Sonny Milano from his pro tryout. Along with Troy Terry and Trevor Zegras at the Anaheim Ducks last season, he had a career-high 34 points in 66 games.