Aman was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the sixth round, 167th overall in 2020. He was not signed by the this year’s prospect signing deadline (June 1) and became an unrestricted free agent.
“Nils is a smart hockey player who plays with speed and has a strong work ethic,” said Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin in the press release. “He possesses a good two-way game, and we look forward to seeing his continued development on both sides of the ice with the Canucks organization.”
The 22-year-old from Avesta Sweden has been part of the SHL’s Leksands IF organization since the 2016-17 season. This past season, Aman scored six goals and managed 8 assists for 14 points in 51 games.
The 6’2″ 185 pound centre also played seven games for Sweden in last month’s World Championships. He managed two assists in the tournament as Sweden were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Canada losing 4-3 in overtime.
With Leksands IF, Aman has played mainly on the third line. He has been described as a smart two-way centre with some speed.
This means that Aman will come over to Vancouver and will most likely suit up for the Abbotsford Canucks next season
Allvin has hinted about signing a European free agent at his year-end press conference with President of Hockey Operations Jim Rutherford. Looks like he and the scouts were impressed with Aman.
“I think we’re very open-minded to all players that are available and that’s what we challenge our scouts on,” said Allvin. “We have the World Championship coming up and we will have (Assistant GM) Derek Clancey attend the tournament. So if there is a free agent, European free agent that we like we have room to improve our team and we’re excited about it. I will try to get him.”
Could the Canucks sign another European free agent this offseason? We shall see.
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