A hot button topic for the last few weeks for Canucks fans was the contract status of prospect Jordan Subban. Everyone can now relax, as it was announced today that the Canucks have signed Jordan Subban to a entry-level contract.
Subban signed a two-way contract that will pay him $755,000 in the NHL.
Here is the press release from the Canucks:
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed defenceman Jordan Subban.
Subban, 20, recently completed his fourth season playing for the OHL Belleville Bulls. This season, Subban set new career-highs and finished first on the team in goals (25), powerplay goals (8), and points (52) in 63 games played. His 25 goals on the year are the most by a Belleville Bulls defenceman in a single season in franchise history. Subban also finished ranked eighth amongst OHL defencemen in scoring (25-27-52).
The Rexdale, Ontario native has appeared in 253 OHL regular season games with the Belleville Bulls collecting 165 points (57-108-165) and 203 penalty minutes.
The 5’9”, 185-pound defenceman was selected 115th overall by Vancouver in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Two weeks ago, I outlined why letting Subban go unsigned might not have been the best idea. At the time, it was a valid concern as it had been a month since Subban’s OHL season ended and the impending deadline was fast approaching. That concern quickly disappeared when he signed today:
The younger brother of P.K., Jordan does have some flaws in his game, but he is something (an offensive-minded defenceman) the Canucks need in their system. It will be interesting to follow Subban next year to see how he does in the AHL against bigger/better professional players. Hopefully next year he can continue to develop and become the power play quarterback that every team needs.