The Ducks have signed center Chris Wagner to a three-year entry-level contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Wagner, 20 (5/27/91), recently completed his sophomore season with Colgate of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), scoring 17-34=51 points with 69 penalty minutes (PIM). Leading all NCAA Division 1 underclassmen in scoring, Wagner’s 51 points currently rank sixth in the nation. He ranked as high as fourth in the nation when the Raiders played their final game of the ECAC tournament (third-place game vs. Cornell on Mar. 17). Earlier in the tournament, he recorded 5-1=6 points in Colgate’s three-game ECAC quarterfinal series vs. Quinnipiac. In addition, the 6-0, 200-pound center recorded the second-most points in one season for Colgate since former Duck Andy McDonald (58 points) did so in 1999-00 (teammate Austin Smith has the most since 1999-00, scoring 36-21=57 points this year). Wagner is also Colgate’s highest scoring sophomore since 1994-95 (Mike Harder, 58 points).
A native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Wagner completes his collegiate career having scored 26-44=70 points with 95 PIM over two seasons and 79 games. He co-led the ECAC in scoring this year and ranked second in assists with 15-24=39 points in 27 conference games. In addition, Wagner had a career-high 11-game point streak (7-10=17) from Feb. 4-Mar. 16. Accolades for his sophomore season include ranking among the top three finalists for the ECAC Best Defensive Award, as well as Second Team ECAC All-League honors.
Selected in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Wagner played his junior hockey with the South Shore Kings of the EJHL. He was named the EJHL’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year after captaining his team to the Southern Division championship in 2009-10. In addition, Wagner matched the EJHL’s single-season scoring record and led the league in goals and assists that year.