Yesterday, the Canucks officially signed their top prospect in defenseman Quinn Hughes to an entry-level deal. A decision from their other Michigan prospect will take a little while longer as the team announced (Twitter link) that winger Will Lockwood is expected to wait until next week before choosing whether or not to turn pro.
Lockwood was Vancouver’s third-round pick (64th overall) back in 2016 and he just completed his junior season with the Wolverines. It was by far his best one as his 31 points (16-15-31) in 36 games matched his combined point total from his freshman and sophomore campaigns. The 20-year-old finished second to only Hughes in scoring in 2018-19.
By delaying his decision until next week, Lockwood won’t be able to reach the ten-game mark that would qualify as an accrued season and make him eligible for the Seattle expansion draft if he decides to forego his senior year. However, if he decides to stay at Michigan for next season, he will have played out his college eligibility and would be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in August of 2020.