RPI Loses Another to NHL, Mike Zalewski
CHN Staff Report
TROY, N.Y. Mike Zalewski, who just completed his sophomore season at Rensselaer, has signed a free agent NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Zalewski forgoes his final two years of college eligibility.
"It is a bittersweet time for me and my family. Being at RPI the last two years has been a terrific experience in which I have developed a great deal as a player, in particular as a 'power forward,'" Zalewski said. "I have my coaches and teammates to thank for helping me grow into the player I am today. I am very excited for this opportunity with such a first-class organization like Vancouver. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the NHL and the Canucks are providing that chance."
Said RPI coach Seth Appert, "We are thrilled to see Mike earn his lifelong dream of signing an NHL contract going directly from RPI to the NHL. His work ethic has helped him develop into a power forward in his two years at RPI. He is a great teammate and will be missed, but we are excited to watch him with the Vancouver Canucks."
RPI just lost Ryan Haggerty to the NHL as well, which followed a disappointing end to its season after a first-round playoff loss.
In 35 games this season, Zalewski scored nine goals with 17 assists for 26 points.
As a freshman in 2012-13, Zalewski had 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points in 36 games.