The Winnipeg Jets announced on Thursday that they have signed North Dakota junior defenseman Tucker Poolman to a one-year contract. Poolman was a fifth round selection of the Jets, 127th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Over his three years at North Dakota, Poolman developed into one of college hockey’s best defensemen. This past season, while serving as the team’s alternate captain, Poolman registered a 7-23-30 scoring line in 38 games. We ranked Poolman as the 25th-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this past season.
For more on Poolman, we wrote this scouting report on him in December.
Poolman’s contract has an average annual value of $1.775M and will begin next season. Poolman will undergo a pair of shoulder surgeries to fix an injury he received in this year’s NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship game.