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Jets sign ’11 fifth-rounder Brassard to entry-level deal

Jun 1, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

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The Winnipeg Jets avoided a bit of an embarrassing situation after signing 2011 fifth-round pick Austen Brassard to his entry-level contract today.

Had the two sides not come together on a deal, Brassard would’ve been eligible to go back into this summer’s draft. Instead, the Belleville Bulls rugged forward is officially part of the Jets and brings a tough game with him.

This past season, Brassard had 14 goals and 33 points while racking up 94 penalty minutes. He added another 12 points in 17 games during the OHL playoffs.

  1. zengreaser - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Ok, go easy on me, folks; I’m kinda new to hockey. (I have always been a casual fan of my team, but only this past season did I start getting into the game seriously). I understand gameplay philosophy so much more now that I paid very close attention this year. But I am still lost as to how rookies & their contracts work. As someone who grew up with & still loves baseball, I am familiar with farm systems & whatnot. However, as this article demonstrates, it confuses me that 2011 draft picks are still unsigned. Anyone have the time (and patience) to explain incoming players & their contracts?

  2. gmanonthird - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    A player not signed by his NHL team within two years of being drafted can re-enter the draft, as long as he is 20 years old or younger at the time of the subsequent draft. Players over 20 become unrestricted free agents.

    NCAA players are an exception: NHL teams retain the rights to a college player until 30 days after the player has left college.

    A team that does not sign a first-round draft pick is awarded a compensatory pick in a future draft upon losing the rights to that player.

    A player who has been drafted a second time cannot re-enter.

  3. gmanonthird - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Also, NHL teams can only have a total of 50 contracts in a given year. That 50 number will make up the 23 player NHL roster, and their minor league affiliates (AHL, ECHL). Players signed to a contract but still playing for their Canadian Major Junior teams do not count against the contract max. Their contract will count when they become eligible to play for the NHL club or their affiliates.

    The teams are also allowed a maximum of 90 players on their Reserve List. Those 90 players are usually made up of unsigned draft picks.

    • zengreaser - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      That clears up a whole lot of confusion. Much appreciated!

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    He’ll fit right in with Winnipeg , they need a physical player like him

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