The Calgary Flames have inked one of their 2020 draft picks, signing Jeremie Poirier to a three-year entry-level contract. The young defenseman was selected 72nd overall in 2020 and is currently attending training camp with the team.
Poirier, 19, will be heading back to the QMJHL this season where he has racked up a ton of points over the last two years. In just 33 games during 2020-21 he had 37 points and he led all defenders in goals with 20 during the 2019-20 season. A high-flying, offensive defenseman, he will need to find a balance between his risky play and a more conservative approach at the professional level, but that may not matter for his CHL season. Poirier could very well lead all QMJHL defensemen in scoring this year, should he stay healthy.
Because he’s still young enough, the first year of this entry-level deal will not be burned in 2021-22. Instead, it will slide forward meaning Poirier is essentially under contract through 2024-25 with this new deal. There’s quite a bit of development still to go, but he possesses real offensive upside that could help him reach the NHL level.