Dylan Samberg signed a three-year, initial stage with the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
The contract has an average annual value of $ 1,175 million and will begin next season.
Samberg, a 21-year-old defender, has 21 points (one goal, 20 assists) in 28 games this season, the third at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
“Obviously it was exciting for him, for our team and us,” said defender Jets Josh Morrissey the word. “I only really had the chance to see him play in World Junior for a number of years and it was clear he was a big, strong defenseman and it was great to put him in the fold. Obviously he had three really good years at school and it will be a great addition to our team, hopefully as soon as possible in the future and hopefully for years to come. ”
Samberg (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) can be in the running for the full-time NHL place next season. Jet has a deep problem about defense this season after trading Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers in June and lost Tyler Myers (Vancouver Canucks) and Ben Chiarot (Montreal Canadiens) in free agency. Additional, Dustin Byfuglien has been suspended all season.
Winnipeg also faces many injuries in defense. Neal Pionk, which was acquired in trade for Trouba, was the only defender to play all 71 matches; Morrissey came second (65). The Jets have used 11 defenses this season, including Ville Heinola, option No. 20 in the 2019 NHL Draft which is one of two 18-year-old defenders playing in the NHL this season (Tobias Bjornfot, King of Los Angeles). Heinola played eight NHL matches in October before being assigned to Lukko in Liiga, the top professional league in Finland.
In the second round of choice (No. 43) in the 2017 NHL Draft by Winnipeg, Samberg helped Minnesota Duluth win the NCAA Division I men’s hockey championship in 2018 and 2019. In three college seasons, he had 53 points (nine goals, 44 assists) in 109 competition.
Samberg also played for the United States in the IIHF World Junior Championships 2018 and 2019. He has four points (one goal, three assists) in seven matches to help the US finish third in 2018, and two assists in seven games in 2019 when the US lost to Finland in a championship match.
NHL.com staff writer Tim Campbell contributed to this report