The Ducks announced today that they have signed left wing Matt Beleskey, right wing Jason Bailey and defenseman John de Gray to three-year, entry-level contracts. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
Beleskey, 19 (6/7/88), appeared in his fourth season with Belleville of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2007-08, scoring 41-49=90 points with a +32 rating and 106 penalty minutes (PIM) in 62 games. Beleskey led the Bulls in points, assists and PIM, ranked tied for first in goals and second in plus/minus, power play goals (13) and short handed goals (3). Among league leaders, he finished sixth in plus/minus.
Selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Beleskey has also appeared in 14 playoff games for the Bulls this year, collecting 8-14=22 points with a +9 rating and 13 PIM. The Bulls captain leads his team in playoff scoring, assists and power play goals while tied for the lead in goals scored. Belleville begins the best-of-seven Rogers OHL Championship Series against the Kitchener Rangers tonight.
In four seasons with Belleville, Beleskey scored 98-123=221 points with a +23 rating and 467 PIM in 257 games. The 6-0, 206-pound native of Windsor, Ontario has appeared in the OHL playoffs in each of his four seasons with the Bulls, collecting 13-26=39 points with a +15 rating and 59 PIM in 40 games.
Bailey, 20 (6/4/87), played in his second season with Ottawa (OHL) in 2007-08, scoring 8-9=17 points with 78 PIM in 34 games. The 6-0, 209-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario also appeared in four playoff games for the 67’s this year, collecting 0-2=2 points with 11 PIM.
Selected by Anaheim in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Bailey split his amateur career between Ottawa and the University of Michigan. With the 67’s, Bailey scored 15-18=33 points with 166 PIM in 69 games over two OHL seasons. In 46 games with the Michigan Wolverines, he collected 5-2=7 points with 85 PIM.
De Gray, 20 (3/14/88), played in 67 games for Brampton (OHL) in 2007-08, scoring 4-13=17 points with a +8 rating and 140 PIM. The 6-4, 213-pound de Gray tied career highs in goals, assists and points while setting a career high in penalty minutes. He also appeared in five games during the 2008 OHL Playoffs, going scoreless with 12 PIM.
Selected by the Ducks in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, de Gray played four seasons with Brampton from 2004-08. In 253 games all-time with the Battalion, the Richmond Hill, Ontario native scored 10-44=54 points with a +27 rating and 369 PIM.