Anaheim Ducks sign Northeastern's Josh Manson

Josh Manson (left) looks to protect his net in Northeastern's game at Frozen Fenway in January. - Matt Dewkett

The Anaheim Ducks have announced that their organization has signed Northeastern junior defenseman Josh Manson to an entry-level contract. The captain of the 2013-14 Huskies is forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility to sign with the team that drafted him in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Manson, the son of NHL veteran Dave, was named the Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman by the league coaches just last week. He is a hard-hitting, physical blue liner who was often found out of position and could be described as a defensive liability.

The six-foot-three Manson had three goals and seven assists in 33 games played. He missed four games at the end of the regular season with an injury. He returned for his team's Hockey East quarterfinal series against UNH, which the Huskies lost in three games.

The Huskies were on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble following results around the country not going in their favor this past weekend.

The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native played junior hockey for the Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL) and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) before heading to Northeastern to play for head coach Jim Madigan.

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