Vancouver Canucks Sign Erie Otters Forward Dane Fox

The Vancouver Canucks have signed Erie Otters forward Dane Fox to a three-year entry-level contract.

Fox has 41 goals and 67 points in 35 games this season with the Otters. He self-describes his game as one that combines both skill and grit.

“I try to play like Steve Ott or David Bolland, especially Bolland because he can play different roles as either a shutdown player or top-line scorer, accepting whatever role he’s called upon to play,” he told the Chatham-Kent Sports Network.

Fox was eligible to be drafted at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and was ranked as the 46th best North American skater, but wasn’t selected. He was passed over again this past summer’s draft and returned to the OHL for his overage season.

Upon signing of the contract, the Canucks assigned Fox to the Otters and he will complete the 2013-14 season there.

Once his junior season comes to an end, the Canucks will be able to re-assign him to their minor league affiliate, the Utica Comets.

Since Fox is 20 years old, his contract does not ‘slide.’ This means the first year of his three-year contract will be ‘burned’ this season.

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