After signing goaltender Jake Kielly earlier today, the Vancouver Canucks announced that the team had acquired another college free agent in defenceman Brogan Rafferty.
Rafferty, 23, played in 38 games for Quinnipiac University, registering 24 points (four of which were goals)—good for seventh on the team in points.
Overall, he put up 60 points in 108 games with Quinnipiac.
“We look forward to him taking the next step and continuing to evolve his game,” said Benning about Rafferty.
The right-handed rearguard will provide the club with some more depth at the position, though the Canucks will likely still need another NHL calibre blueliner next year.
Rafferty will go right to Vancouver and may get in a game or two before the season ends, similar to Josh Teves, who also signed a one-year deal.
Both are expected to help out the Utica Comets in the AHL next season, but can’t go there until then because of cap rules. And both will be restricted free agents this summer in need of new contracts.
Hopefully one (or both, but that would be a lot to ask) of the college free agents will emerge as a puckmoving fit on the right side of the Canucks’ blueline.
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