have signed our #1 pick, Center Nathan McKinnon, to a 3-year entry-level contract. McKinnon's deal is 3 years worth $3,775,000 per year. He's expected to join our top 6 coming out of camp this fall
Along with Nathan we couldn't be more pleased with our draft. We were looking to get tougher up front with skilled forwards and we think we accomplished our goal. Our draft:
An explosive skater with high-end offensive skills, MacKinnon has shown potential to be a game-breaking player at the next level. His skating is what gives him separation from the rest of the forward pack.
Rychel is an interesting player to rank. He has all the toughness and grit of a bottom-six banger, but he seems to have enough touch to perhaps have something bigger ahead of him. He's in his third full season of junior hockey and isn't quite at the same offensive pace as last year, but his physical game gives him a big edge.
Despite a smaller frame, Domi hasn't been hindered by it one bit. With 61 points for the OHL's best team, Domi has been an offensive dynamo. The son of Tie Domi has high-end speed, puck skills and a goal-scorer's release. The skill set is quickly making concerns about his size melt away.
A highly skilled forward, Duclair has some really strong goal-scoring ability and is a good distributor of the puck. Having battled some injury troubles already this year, Duclair now will be without regular linemate Mikhail Grigorenko. His offensive instincts to go along with high-end speed should help him overcome losing an elite linemate.
Santini's game has really grown a lot over the past year, and scouts seem to really like his physical game. One scout said Santini has the potential to be a good all-around defenseman and liked the improvement in his skating. He still has some smoothing out to do, but he has a lot of potential.
Plays big and does take up lots of space. Strong mechanics and calm under fire, he moves well in the butterfly and has a very good low game with quick pads, while still using his shoulders to close the top of the net.
We may not make the playoffs in 2013-14, but by the following season we think we'll be there. We've built a solid core of young NHL forwards and defenseman with a great group of prospects giving us organizational depth at every position.
Kyle Palmieri: 2 years, $4 million, $2 million/season
Matt Beleskey: 2 years, $2 million, $1 million/season
Brandon MacMillan: 2 years, $2 million, $1 million/season, 2 way
Mat Clark: 2 years, $2 million, $1 million/season, 2 way
Tyler Cuma: 2 years, $2 million, $1 million/season, 2 way
Matt Kennedy: 2 years, $2 million, $1 million/season, 2 way
Josh Brittain: 2 years, $2 million, $1 million/season, 2 way
Cade Fairchild: 2 years, $2 million, $1 million/season, 2 way
Phil McRae: 2 years, $2 million, $1 million/season, 2 way
We also re-sign the following players:
Nazem Kadri: 1 year at 2 million
Carl Gunnarson: 3 years at 2.8 million per
Leo Komarov: 3 years at 1.6 million
Derek Stepan: 2 years at 2.75 million per
Mark Fraser: 1 year at 725 k (2-way)
Joe Colborne: QO at 826,875 k
Spencer Abbot: 1 year at 700 k (2-way)
Korbinian Holzer: 1 year at 850 k (2-way)