Canucks sign 24-year-old free agent forward Jayce Hawryluk

Oct 19 2020, 5:32 pm

The Vancouver Canucks have added another player in free agency, inking 24-year-old forward Jayce Hawryluk to a low-risk, one-year deal.

It’s a two-way deal, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, worth $800,000 in the NHL, or just $200,000 if he gets sent to the minors.

Hawryluk was a second-round draft pick, 32nd overall, by the Florida Panthers in 2014.

In a season in which he scored 32 points (8-24-31) in 31 games at the AHL level, Hawryluk earned his first NHL call up in 2018-19, appearing in 42 games with the Panthers and scoring 12 NHL points (7-5-12).

The Yorkton, Saskatchewan, native produced three points in 15 games with Florida last season before being claimed off waivers by the Ottawa Senators in February. He appeared to fit in well with the Sens, scoring seven points (2-5-7) in 11 games before the pandemic ended Ottawa’s season in March.

Drafted as a centre while a member of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, Hawryluk has been primarily used as a winger at the pro level. Hawryluk hasn’t produced offence at the level the Panthers hoped he would out of junior, but the 5-foot-11, 196-pound winger should bring some much-needed energy to the Canucks’ bottom-six forward group.

As for how this might impact the Canucks’ cap situation, it won’t.

Hawryluk’s salary will disappear off the cap entirely if he’s sent to the AHL, though he would need to clear waivers in such a scenario. If Hawryluk makes the team out of training camp and the Canucks want to send a high-priced forward like Loui Eriksson down instead, the team would save $275,000 on the cap, as $1.075 million is the maximum dollar figure that can be buried in the minors.

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