Vancouver Canucks sign defenceman Jett Woo to one-year two-way contract
3 months ago
The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenceman Jett Woo to a one-year two-way contract, general manager Patrik Allvin announced Wednesday. According to Rick Dhaliwal, Woo’s contract carries an NHL salary of $775,000 and an AHL salary of $100,000.
Woo’s story has been an interesting one to follow up to this point in his career. After the Canucks selected him 37th overall in the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Woo had a big season with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors in his D+1 season, tallying 12 goals and 54 assists through 62 games while being a rock defensively.
Woo was traded to the Calgary Hitmen the following season and the point totals unfortunately weren’t there that season, as Woo registered 46 assists through 64 games. As a top NHL prospect, a decline in production in a player’s junior season two years out of the draft is not typically a great sign.
After two rather mediocre seasons in the AHL, Woo was in danger of not receiving an NHL contract at the end of this season. Instead, Woo took a massive step this past year in Abbotsford. Not only did he start putting up points again, but Woo also showcased an ability to play in all situations, and during the playoffs, was one of Abbotsford’s most trusted defencemen.
Ryan Johnson spoke glowingly about Woo’s progress at the Abbotsford GM’s year end press conference.
“Jett’s put himself in a conversation to come and compete for a spot next year in Vancouver or worst case, I see him as a guy that’s going to play games next year because of the growth and how far he came along here as a player, a person, and a professional,” Johnson said. “He’s been a great story for us. He’s taken a most massive step in forming out his identity as a pro. He’s played a very physical game, skates very well, and his reads have improved immensely in the neutral zone.”
Woo showed he’s capable of playing both the left and right side — further improving his versatility and in turn, his chances of one day making it to the NHL.
“I think I’m just trying to take this next year as another development year and really try to hone into my game being more strong defensively, move pucks, and at the right times, be offensive as well,” Woo said of his progression this season on a recent episode of Canucks Conversation. “With all the injuries and call ups that have happened this year I’ve been able to capitalize on my opportunities to step in and help the team where they need me.”
Watch out full conversation with Woo below!
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