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Canucks re-sign Gaudette, add Hawryluk

The Vancouver Canucks re-signed Adam Gaudette on a one-year deal Monday and added unrestricted free agent Jayce Hawryluk on a one-year, two-way contract.

Gaudette, a restricted free agent, will earn $950,000 under his new deal, while financial details for Hawryluk were not revealed.

Gaudette, 24, had 12 goals and 33 points in 59 games this past season and appeared in 10 matches during the playoffs, failing to post a point.

“Adam has been an excellent young player for us and we are happy to have him continue his progress for another year in Vancouver,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning stated. “We look forward to his intensity and compete level continuing to be a great source of energy for our team.”

A fifth-round pick of the Canucks in 2015, Gaudette has 17 goals and 45 points in 120 career NHL games.

Hawryluk split last campaign between the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators, tallying three goals and seven assists over 26 games. He started the season with the Panthers but was claimed off waivers by the Sens in February.

The season before, the 24-year-old forward scored seven goals and added five assists in 42 contests.

The Yorkton, Sask., native was selected in the second round (No. 32 overall) by the Panthers in the 2014 NHL Draft. This signing is all about potential. Nobody knows exactly what Hawryluk can do offensively, but his 52.9 percent Corsi for last year suggests some potential in the possession game. He probably starts 2020-21 with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate, but there is a chance he makes the team’s bottom-six at some point and plays a role in the penalty-killing unit.

Vancouver has just $1.05 million in remaining cap space after addressing Gaudette’s status as a restricted free agent and adding Hawryluk. They have just Jake Virtanen left to re-sign at this point.

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