Lowell's Hellebuyck Signs With Winnipeg
CHN Staff Report
Massachusetts-Lowell sophomore goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will forgoe his final two seasons of eligibility after signing a three-year entry-level contract witht he Winnipeg Jets worth $925,000 annually if he plays in the National Hockey League.
Entry-level contracts are considered two-way deals, meaning his salary will be just a percentage of that NHL total if he plays in the American Hockey League.
Hellebuyck joins forwards Scott Wilson (junior) and Christian Folin (sophomore) as Lowell underclassmen who will forgoe eligibility after signing NHL deals.
In two years at Lowell, Hellebuyck posted as many shutouts (12) as losses (38-12-2), along with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.
Hellebuyck was named MVP of the Hockey East tournament two weeks ago, becoming the first player to ever named MVP in back-to-back tournaments, backstopping the River Hawks to consecutive league titles.