Ducks sign 1st-round draft pick Jamie Drysdale to 3-year contract – Press Enterprise

The Ducks first took notice of Jamie Drysdale as a 16-year-old standout defenseman in the junior-level Ontario Hockey League. They watched in wonder as he became an integral part of Canada’s World Junior Championship-winning team as a 17-year-old.

General manager Bob Murray and assistant GM Martin Madden envisioned Drysdale playing a key role in the Ducks’ rebuilding efforts, so they drafted him as an 18-year-old last month. They then signed him to a three-year, $5.325-million entry-level contract Saturday.

Drysdale scored 47 points (nine goals, 38 points) in only 49 games this past season with the Erie (Pa.) Otters, joining an elite list of prospects in the draft because of his exceptional skating and playmaking abilities. The Ducks selected him sixth overall in the draft.

“For his size, he has to be elusive,” Murray said of Drysdale after the Oct. 6-7 draft. “He’s very smooth. What’s he’s working on, from the three or four times we’ve talked to him (before the draft), is his power and his stride, so he can get away from people.”

Drysdale was the first of two first-round draft picks the Ducks had last month, and he became the second of those selections to sign an entry-level deal in the past three days. Right wing Jacob Perreault signed a three-year contract with the Ducks on Thursday. Perreault was the 27th overall pick.

Drysdale and Perreault now join with center Trevor Zegras and left wing Brayden Tracey – first-round picks in 2019 – as the Ducks’ wave of the future. They’ll be expected to step into key roles in the seasons to come as the franchise attempts to regain its lost luster.

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