Stars sign forward Jordan Kawaguchi to one-year, entry-level deal

North Western's Ethan Frank, right, controls the puck ahead of Rhett Gardner (left) and Jordan Kawaguchi of North Dakota during an NCAA hockey game on Friday, Feb.15, 2019 in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Rex Larsen/CP via AP)

The Dallas Stars have signed forward Jordan Kawaguchi to a one-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Kawaguchi will be reporting to the AHL's Texas Stars on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

The 23-year-old posted 10 goals and 36 points in 28 games with the University of North Dakota during the 2020-21 campaign, earning him third in the NCAA in assists (26) and fourth in points. The undrafted forward was captain in his senior season and also recorded a plus-19 rating.

The Abbotsford, B.C., native finishes his NCAA career with 40 goals and 126 points in 136 games with the Fighting Hawks. Kawaguchi was a finalist for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award for the top player in NCAA men's hockey and earned National Collegiate Hockey Conference First All-Star Team honours in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

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