The Ducks have signed defenseman Josh Manson to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Manson, 23 (10/7/91), collected 0-3=3 points with a +1 rating and 31 penalty minutes (PIM) in 28 games for Anaheim last season. Manson made his NHL debut on Oct. 31 at Dallas and earned his first career NHL point (assist) on Nov. 16 vs. Florida. The 6-3, 217-pound defenseman began the season with Anaheim?s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL, Norfolk), scoring 3-9=12 points with 47 PIM in 36 games.
Selected in the sixth round (160th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Manson has scored 4-9=13 points with 73 PIM in 45 career AHL games. He made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut in 2014 with Norfolk, recording one goal and six PIM in 10 games. Prior to signing a two-year entry-level contract with Anaheim on Mar. 25, 2014, Manson played three seasons with Northeastern (Hockey East) from 2011-14. In 99 career games with the Huskies, the Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native compiled 6-15=21 points with a +12 rating with 158 PIM. He concluded his collegiate career by being named a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and the Best Defensive Defenseman after captaining Northeastern to a 19-14-4 record in 2013-14.