"We are very happy that we were able to recruit Sakari," team manager Marc Gautschi states. "He is an extremely dynamic player with excellent playmaking skills and a very high 'hockey IQ'. For the past three seasons, he was the number 1 center of the Finnish national team."
Sakari Manninen played in the AHL for the Henderson Silver Knights last season. He recorded 14 goals and 26 assists in 53 regular-season games.