The Vancouver Canucks have signed defensive prospect Jett Woo to a one-year, two-way contract extension for the 2023-24 season.
According Rick Dhaliwal of CHEK TVthe deal is worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 in the AHL.
Woo has taken big steps in his development this year, recording a career-high seven goals and 21 points in 68 games. He had 34 points in 138 AHL games in three years between Utica and Abbotsford while playing in the Canucks system.
Woo was a pending RFA after the end of his entry-level contract which started four years ago. The Winnipeg native was picked with the 37th overall pick in 2018, showing solid progress over the past two years.
A physical defenseman, the 22-year-old hasn’t dressed for the Canucks yet, but gives the team some extra defensive depth. At best, he could play a seventh defenseman role next year. But most likely he will continue to play heavy minutes for Abbotsford, acting as a strong defensive back with the ability to physically stop opponents.
The Canucks have 12 defensemen signed between the NHL and AHL, with Travis Dermott and Ethan Bear expected to become RFA. Kyle Burroughs is the only blue line on the unrestricted free agent list next year, while Tucker Poolman was on the long-term injured list this year.
Vancouver missed the playoffs this season, while Abbotsford was eliminated from the Pacific Division semifinals by the Calgary Wranglers.