Friday, July 25, 2014

2014 Draft Class Signings (July 25)

On Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks locked in one of their two 1st round picks from June, the 24th overall selection, centre Jared McCann, giving him the rookie maximum salary for his 3-year entry-level contract.  McCann was nearly a point-per-game player with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL in 2014, but was listed more as a two-way centre in prospect file, according to the Hockey News.  McCann has also been a member of some of teams at the National level, playing in the U17's in 2013 and the U18's in 2014 and will likely be on the radar for the World Juniors.

On Friday, another one of the draft class' big four, Sam Bennett, put pen to paper with the Calgary Flames, signing his 3-year entry-level deal.  Bennett was believed to be in the running for the 1st overall pick, heading into the draft, acknowledged to have some top-tier talent, but fell through to the 4th overall pick.  Bennett played for the Kingston Frontenacs in the OHL, developing his blend of physical and two-way play, something that should blend in well with the new crop of Flames players in their system.  I would have to imagine that he'll push for a spot as early as this Fall.

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