OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has signed forward Nick Paul to a two-year contract. The contract, which is the first one-way agreement of Paul's career, has an average annual value of $1.35 million and includes the following breakdown: $1.2M in 2020-21 and $1.5M in 2021-22.
A native of Mississauga, Ont., Paul, 25, established NHL career highs in goals (nine), assists (11), points (20) and games (56) with the Senators in 2019-20. He began the campaign with the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Belleville Senators, and registered four points (one goal, three assists) over three contests with the B-Sens. After being recalled from Belleville on Oct. 14, 2019, he spent the remainder of the season with Ottawa.
"Nick Paul has worked hard to establish himself as an important player on our team," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He brings size, competitiveness and a solid all-around game to our forward group. We're happy to have him under contract for the next two seasons."
Selected by Dallas in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Paul was acquired by Ottawa via trade with the Stars on July 1, 2014. He has recorded 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) and 34 penalty minutes over 112 NHL contests (all of which have occurred with Ottawa). He has also tallied 124 points (52 goals, 72 assists) and 109 penalty minutes over 217 AHL games with the Binghamton Senators and Belleville.
Internationally, Paul represented Canada as part of the gold medal team at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto.
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