The Vancouver Canucks organization has signed a major junior free agent.
It was announced just after noon on Saturday that the Abbotsford Canucks have signed defenceman Quinn Schmiemann to a two-year AHL contract. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round (182nd overall) in 2019.
Schmiemann is a left-handed defenceman and is 6’2″ and 201 pounds.
“We are excited to have Quinn join our organization,” said Abbotsford Canucks General Manager Ryan Johnson in the press release. “After a great junior career, we feel we are a great fit to help him succeed at the next level. We can’t wait to get to work with him at development camp in a few weeks.”
Schmiemann comes from the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers where he spent the last four seasons. The 20-year-old (He will be 21 on July 27) spent this past season as the Blazers captain. Schmiemann scored 14 goals and managed 40 assists for 54 points in 57 games. The Wilcox Saskatchewan native was also named to the WHL’s B.C. Division Second All-Star Team. He led all Blazers defencemen in goals, assists and points and was seventh among all skaters in points.
Schmiemann led the Blazers to the Western Conference Final but they lost to the Seattle Thunderbirds in seven games. In 17 WHL playoff games, Schmiemann led all Blazers in assists with 16 and was third on the team in points with 18.
He is also 12th in Blazers’ all-time playoff points per game with 0.87. Canucks alumnus Garth Butcher holds the record with 2.00.
Schmiemann was also teammates this past season with Canucks 2019 seventh round pick Viktor Persson. Schmiemann and Persson will join many other Canucks prospects at the summer development camp at UBC. It will be held from July 10 to July 15.
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