The Winnipeg Jets have convinced a top college prospect to turn pro, signing Dylan Samberg to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal will begin next season. Samberg recently completed his junior year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he won two national championships.
While it’s obviously not a guarantee at this point, Samberg will likely head into next season with a leg up in a battle for a roster spot in Winnipeg after three strong seasons at UMD. The 21-year old defenseman was originally selected 43rd overall in 2017 and has done nothing but polish an already well-rounded defensive game while showing he still has some offensive upside.
The 6’4″, 215-lbs Samberg not only has the two NCAA titles to his name but also medaled twice with Team USA at the World Juniors. While there could be AHL time in his future, there’s good reason to believe that a Jets team that saw their defense corps decimated over the last year and has four players headed for unrestricted free agency this offseason could thrust Samberg directly into the fire and give him an opportunity at the NHL level.