According to CapFriendly, the New York Rangers have come to terms with their third-round pick from last summer’s draft, Sean Day. Day has signed a three-year entry-level contract that will begin in 2017-18. The deal includes some bonuses for games played that the team will have to watch out for whenever he makes it to the NHL.
Day is a big defenseman who has played most of the season for the Windsor Spitfires after being traded from the Mississauga Steelheads. The 19-year old has 31 points in 57 games this season and has been a rock for the Spitfires as they head towards a Memorial Cup run. Day you might remember was given exceptional status by the OHL when he was just 15-years old, an allowance that has been made for just three other players—John Tavares, Connor McDavid and Aaron Ekblad. While Day isn’t the superstar these three have turned into, he is a solid prospect in his own right.
A physical force that can skate well and move the puck, Day is the prototypical defenseman of the new NHL. While none of his skills are elite, he does have enough all-around ability to make him a threat to jump to the NHL within a couple of years. The professional coaching staffs will help him as he still needs work on his defensive positioning and decision making. For now, he’ll stick with Windsor and add to their glut of young defensive prospects that include first-rounders Mikhail Sergachev (9th overall to Montreal), Logan Stanley (18th overall to Winnipeg). The team also features Logan Brown (11th overall to Ottawa) and Gabe Vilardi (expected to go top-10 in this draft) up front.