The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has agreed to terms with forward Zach Hyman on a four-year extension. The average annual value of the contract will be $2.25 million ($2.0M in 2017-18 and 2018-19, and $2.5M in 2019-20 and 2020-21).
Hyman, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2019-20 season, collected 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 82 regular season games before adding four points (one goal, three assists) in six playoff games with the Maple Leafs in 2016-17. Last season, the Toronto, Ontario native led all NHL forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:47) while establishing a new Maple Leafs record for shorthanded goals scored by a rookie (four). In 98 career regular season NHL games, Hyman has registered 14 goals and 20 assists.
Before joining the Maple Leafs, the 25-year-old played one season (2015-16) with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies and four seasons with the University of Michigan. During his tenure at Michigan, Hyman was honoured as Michigan's Athlete of the Year as well as a First-Team All-American, a First-Team All-Big Ten selection, a Big Ten All-Academic Selection and a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2014-15.
Hyman was acquired by Toronto in a trade with the Florida Panthers on June 19, 2015. He was originally selected by Florida in the fifth round (123rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft.