Canucks sign top prospect Vasily Podkolzin to three-year, entry-level deal

Russia's Vasili Podkolzin (19) and Marat Khusnutdinov (22) celebrate a goal against Austria. (Jason Franson/CP)

The Vancouver Canucks have signed top prospect Vasily Podkolzin, the 10th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday.

"Vasily is a competitor who plays an aggressive game," said Canucks general manager Jim Benning in a press release.

"He's effective using his size and skill to get to the net and produce offensively. We're pleased to sign him today and look forward to adding him to our young core of skilled players."

The 19-year-old put up 11 points in 35 games this season with the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg and led the team in scoring with 11 points in 16 post-season contests as it advanced to the third round of the playoffs.

The Moscow native — who clocks in at six-foot-one, 190 pounds — also served as captain at the 2021 world juniors, his third appearance at the tournament, notching four points in seven games as Russia finished fourth.

When submitting content, please abide by our  submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.
We use cookies to improve your experience. Learn More or change your cookie preferences. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the use of cookies.