The Ottawa Senators
on Thursday signed forward Mike Hoffman
to a three-year, entry-level contract. Hoffman, the Senators' fifth-round pick (No. 130) in the 2009 Entry Draft, recently attended his second development camp with the club.
The 20-year-old left wing ended his junior career with a bang, winning the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Michel Briere
Trophy as the league's most valuable player as a member of the Saint John Sea Dogs. Hoffman led the Sea Dogs with 46 goals and 85 points. He finished third in the QMJHL in goals, tied for second in power-play goals (17) and was seventh in scoring. Hoffman was also named a First-Team QMJHL All-Star and was a finalist for the CHL player of the year award.
The native of Kitchener, Ont., started his CHL career with the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers in 2006-07. Hoffman then moved to the QMJHL, splitting the 2007-08 season with Gatineau and Drummondville. Helping Drummondville win the league title and then losing in the 2009 Memorial Cup semifinal to Windsor, he had his best junior season, totaling 52 goals and 94 points in 62 games in 2008-09. Through 19 playoff games, he had 21 goals and 13 assists.
Hoffman finished his junior career with 122 goals, 105 assists and 217 penalty minutes in 182 games. He also added 32 goals and 26 assists in 40 postseason games.