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Vancouver Canucks Sign Free Agent Kellan Lain

The Vancouver Canucks have signed college free agent Kellan Lain of the Lake Superior State University Lakers to a one-year entry-level contract.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the deal will pay Lain $832,500 in the National Hockey League and $70,000 in the American Hockey League. He will also receive a $92,500 signing bonus. His cap hit will be $925,000, the maximum allowed for an entry-level contract in the collective bargaining agreement.

Lain will meet the Canucks staff in Vancouver on Sunday and watch the Canucks take on the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and St. Louis Blues on Thursday before joining the Chicago Wolves on an amateur tryout contract.

What kind of player is Lain? He’s very good at faceoffs for one thing.

The junior boasts great size, standing at 6-foot-6, 221 pounds, but plays a solid all-around game. Lain has solid stick skills and is responsible defensively, making him a more well-rounded player than the purely physical role that many players his size take on – not that Lain shies away from physical play. (Inside College Hockey)

His main asset is his physical game, at 6′6′’ 222 not only is he tall and strong but tough as well. He’s a big center who can win battles and make opposing defensemen aware of his presence on the ice. He also skates at a decent level for a man his size. Lain doesn’t have a whole lot of offensive upside, notching 39 points over 108 NCAA games, but he does have some defensive value and I think he can stay at center at the pro level. He actually led Lake Superior in face off % this season, winning 56% of his 571 draws. (Hockey Prospectus)

The Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, and Phoenix Coyotes were among the other Western Conference teams trying to sign the 6’6, 220-pound centre.

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