Vancouver Canucks sign defensive prospect Kudryavtsev to entry-level deal

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenceman Kirill Kudryavtsev to a three-year entry-level contract.

General manager Patrik Allvin announced the news Friday, saying in a release that the team's development staff have been happy with 19-year-old prospect's progress in the Ontario Hockey League.

Kudryavtsev is in his second season with the Soo Greyhounds where he leads all defencemen with 45 points (six goals, 39 assists) in 60 appearances this season.

Hailing from Yaroslavl, Russia, the five-foot-11, 200-pound blue liner previously represented his country at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the 2020 Youth Olympic Games, where Russia won gold.

The Canucks selected Kudryavtsev in the seventh round of the 2022 NHL entry draft.

Allvin says staff in Vancouver look forward to working with the young defenceman and getting him ready for a pro career.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 10, 2023.

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