The summer is a busy time for general managers in the NHL. They have their focus on the draft, potentially signing free agents long or short term and also ensuring their team’s future is bright by re-signing and signing prospects in their system. Frozen Futures has provided you with NHL Prospect Signings to keep you up to date with who your favorite team has re-signed thus far this summer.
The table below features the eighteen prospects who have signed this past week, from July 22nd to July 28th, 2015.
[table id=26 /]Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mitchell Marner puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number four overall pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
While they do not exactly fit the bill as prospects any more, I added Sean Couturier and Adam Larsson to the table this week. Both of these guys were top 10 picks in the 2011 NHL Draft and have signed six-year contracts before the age of 23. It’s crazy to think that Sean Couturier has played in almost 300 NHL games. yet we haven’t seen him put up 40 points in a season yet. He may become one of the better defensive centers in hockey, but I want to see him break out offensively.
Larsson also has questions surrounding his game. He had a respectable season last year, but can he be solid on a consistent basis? I think so.
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Mitchell Marner to an entry-level contract. It will be interesting to see if they let Marner play a couple games in the NHL or if they send him back to the London Knights after training camp.
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