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Canucks sign 2014 draft pick Nikita Tryamkin

Defenseman, taken in third round, is 6-foot-8, 220 pounds

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The Vancouver Canucks signed defenseman Nikita Tryamkin to a two-year, entry-level contract Wednesday.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound defenseman had four goals, 11 points and 71 penalty minutes in 53 regular-season games with Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2015-16. He had one assist in six playoff games.

"I'm excited, he's a big-bodied guy," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "You go through his numbers in the KHL and he has good numbers, he was 17 minutes in the regular season, 21 in the playoffs, so he's one of their key guys. And he's young, he's still a young guy, so it's going to be exciting to get a look at him. ... If he has a chance to play some games, then he has a whole summer to get ready for what might lie ahead next year."

Tryamkin, 21, was selected by the Canucks in the third round (No. 66) of the 2014 NHL Draft. A native of Yekaterinburg, Russia, he has nine goals, 28 points and 158 penalty minutes in 188 games over four seasons with Yekaterinburg.

"Obviously, there's been talk about him and he's played in the KHL, and that's a really good league, so hopefully he can come in and help us," Canucks forward Daniel Sedin said. "You see guys like [Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi] Panarin come in and play really well right away. Coming from Europe, I think they play against men and I think that's different maybe than playing in the junior leagues over here, so I think he's used to playing against bigger guys and better players too. So it will be fun to see what he can do."

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