Ohio State senior defenseman Josh Healey has finalized a two-year, entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames reports TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
Josh Healey's 2-year ELC now done with CGY. Kicks in next season. Heads to Stockton this week on an ATO.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 25, 2017
The senior defenseman emerged as one of the better NHL free agents available in college hockey this past season. He led the Buckeyes in scoring by a defenseman this year with four goals and 21 assists for 25 points in 35 games played. Healey was also a punishing physical presence on the blue line, and that versatility made him intriguing to NHL teams.
That physical play came with a downside though. Healey has been suspended five times over the past two seasons for contact-to-the-head penalties, including for Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament loss yesterday.
As McKenzie reports, Healey will finish this year on a tryout with the Flames’ AHL affiliate, and begin his two-year contract next season.