The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to an entry-level contract with a player who will likely suit up for the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps next season, if not sooner.
On Thursday, the Jets announced they’ve signed right-winger Scott Kosmachuk to a three-year, two-way, entry level contract with an average annual value of $925,000 at the NHL level.
The 19-year-old Kosmachuk, a native of Toronto, has played in 34 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm this season, recording 48 points, including a team-leading 25 goals.
He has appeared in 237 OHL games with the Storm over four seasons, with overall totals of 193 points (96G, 97A) and 296 penalty minutes.
The six-foot, 180-pound forward was a third-round selection (70th overall) by Winnipeg in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He is set to turn professional next fall, although if he had been four weeks older (he turns 20 on Jan. 24), he would have been age-eligible to start this season in the AHL.
As it is, there’s a good chance Kosmachuk could see some time in St. John;’s this spring depending on how soon Guelph’s season ends and how long the IceCaps’ season goes.