Jets sign first-rounder Ehlers to entry-level deal
SCOTT BILLECK, MyToba.ca
The Winnipeg Jets have out pen to paper with their 2014 first round selection, Nikolaj Ehlers.
Ehlers signed a three-year entry-level deal Tuesday, worth an annual average value of $1.625 million.
“I am going to go out and play my game, that is what I did all year and that is why I am here now,” said Ehlers back at the Jets prospects camp on July. “I am just going to keep on doing that, play my game and work hard every single day and then we will see what happens in September.”
The 18-year-old played 63 games last season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, compiling 104 points (49G, 55) to go along with 51 penalty minutes. Ehlers paced the QMJHL with a plus-65 and led all rookies in scoring.
Ehlers also played in 16 post-season games, notching 28 points (16G, 12A) and 18 penalty minutes.
Ehlers earned several nods in following the 2013-14 season, his rookie year. The “Dancing Dane” was named the QMHJL Rookie of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Best Professional Prospect. He was also named to the All-Rookie Team was a Second Team All-Star. And if that wasn’t enough hardware, Ehlers was also named BMO CHL Rookie of the Year, presented annually to a CHL player who demonstrates outstanding achievement, sportsmanship and dedication to sport.
Internationally, Ehlers won gold with Denmark at the 2014 Under-20 World Junior Championships and the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championships.
Ehlers was selected ninth overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Jets.