Defenseman Noah Juulsen, selected in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2015 NHL Draft, on Thursday signed a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"It's an amazing feeling," Juulsen said. "Everyone wants to have that opportunity but not everyone does. I'm just lucky enough to have that opportunity."
In his second season with the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League in 2014-15, Juulsen led their defensemen with 52 points (nine goals, 43 assists). His plus-22 rating was second behind forward Nikita Scherbak, who was selected in the first round by the Canadiens in the 2014 draft.
The 18-year old was taken No. 26 by the Canadiens on June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. He is participating in his first development camp and will take part in Canada's National Junior Team summer development camp, putting him in position to make a case to play in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
"It's a great opportunity," Juulsen said. "There's not many '97s (birth year) that got the invite to that. I'm just going to go and do my best and see what happens."