The Canucks have re-signed AHL forward Mike Zalewski to a one-year, two-way contract worth $632,500.
#Canucks have re-signed Mike Zalewski to a 1-year, two-way contract at $632,500. He had 33 points in 58 AHL games, & 1A in 3 games with VAN.
— Canucks Now (@CanucksNow) July 12, 2016
As an amateur, Zalewski played two seasons with the RPI Engineers of the NCAA, amassing 47 points in 71 games. He was one of many college free agents signed by the Canucks under Mike Gillis, and his signing was one of his last moves made by the former General Manager before being dismissed at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Zalewski was a strong contributor for the Utica Comets last season, compiling 33 points in 58 games and earning himself an injury call-up with the big club. Management obviously believed his contributions were enough to earn him another one-year deal, and a modest raise at that. Zalewski’s deal will pay $632,500 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level, up from the $575,000 and $70,000 respectively that he received on his last deal.
Clearly, the Canucks see something in Zalewski, who will be one of the many young forwards gunning for the 13th forward spot at training camp this fall. In the likelihood that Zalewski is re-assigned to the AHL for next season, he will almost certainly be among the first in line in Utica to receive a call-up in the event of an injury.