The Vancouver Canucks have officially signed Northeastern University’s Adam Gaudette to a three year, entry level contract.
The 21 year old forward is considered a frontrunner for the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s top collegiate player this season after putting up a remarkable 30 goals and 60 points in 38 games to lead the entire NCAA in scoring. He also claimed the Beanpot MVP award after leading Northeastern to a tournament championship.
Originally drafted by the Canucks in the 5th round (149th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Gaudette has emerged as one of hockey’s top prospects in the past two years.
"Adam has had a remarkable season and college career playing at Northeastern," said Canucks general manager Jim Benning this morning. "He's a very talented player and has shown an ability to score, make plays and contribute in all situations at the collegiate level. We're excited to have him join our team."
It’s expected that Gaudette will join the team immediately and could play as early as Thursday when the Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers, this according to a report from Canucks insider and Sportsnet 690 reporter Rick Dhaliwal:
Regardless of when he first sees action, Canucks fans have to be happy with today’s news. It was just one year ago yesterday that another college prospects joined the team, rookie Brock Boeser. Of course, if Gaudette can have anything close to the impact that Boeser has had, Canucks fans would be absolutely thrilled.
Canucks in the running for two top NCAA free-agents
According to a report from Vancouver Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal, the Canucks are currently pursuing NCAA free-agent defencemen Brady Keeper and Colton Poolman.
Keeper, a 21 year old blue liner from Cross Lake, Manitoba recently concluded his season with University of Maine where he put up six goals and 22 points in 37 games.
Poolman, brother of Winnipeg Jets draft pick Tucker Poolman, just concluded his sophomore season with North Dakota where he played with Canucks rookie Brock Boeser last season. This season the 22 year old blue liner put up seven goals and 29 points in 40 games. The East Grand Forks, Minnesota product is no stranger to BC as well, having played 57 games with the BCHL's Penticton Vees back in 2015-16.