Tuesday: The Ducks have now formally announced the contract for Lundestrom.
Monday: CapFriendly clarifies that Lundestrom’s European Assignment Clause is only for the 2018-19 season. They also report that the contract is for the maximum entry-level salary of $925K but contains no performance bonuses.
Saturday: The Anaheim Ducks have l0cked up their first-round pick from this year’s draft as they signed center Isac Lundestrom to a three-year entry-level deal, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie. The deal also has a European clause, meaning he can return to Europe if he’s not playing in the NHL.
The 18-year-old center was drafted with the 23rd pick in this year’s draft after having played for two full seasons in the SHL. He became the youngest scorer in the SHL just before his 17th birthday. This past season, he posted six goals and 15 points last season for Lulea and also posted a pair of goals at last year’s World Junior Championships in Buffalo.
Lundestrom is considered to be a prospect with no elite skills, but solid all-around. He is considered to be a solid skater with an accurate, quick shot. While his draft status was expected to increase with the lack of quality centers in this draft, Lundestrom dropped as many had him projected to go between 14 and 20. Because the 18-year-old is not a polished player, it might take a few years for him before he’s ready for an NHL role, hence the European clause.