Actual Hockey News: Canucks Sign Evan McEneny

With the lockout all but certain, teams are rushing towards getting pieces in place before Saturday. MG mentioned the big fish yesterday, but today brings news for the farm. Via TSN:

The Vancouver Canucks have signed Kitchener Rangers defenceman Evan McEneny to an entry-level deal.

In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 6'2", 205 lbs. Hamilton, ON, native registered two assists, four penalty minutes and a plus-three rating in two games with the OHL Kitchener Rangers in 2011-12 before missing the remainder of the season due to injury.

McEneny was one of the prospects invited to the prospects camp in June. Here's a good scouting report on McEneny from February which, in part, mentions:

McEneny already has good size and bulk on his frame. He’s a naturally gifted offensive defenseman. He can make a very good first pass or skate out of danger and very adept at joining the rush. He has a good hockey IQ and plays both sides of the puck. He effectively uses his size in the physical department.
Should McEneny get drafted in June he’ll be a project and NHL teams will depend heavily on medical information on how he is recovering from his surgery. A team that has depth in prospects on the blue line however may be willing to take the chance. If I were running the draft for an NHL team with such depth, that’s certainly how I’d feel. A definite high risk – high reward type player.

Here's another profile that goes more in-depth on where he was in January when dealing with an ACL injury.

A high-risk / high-reward option offensive D man sounds like a decent signing to me, especially considering some OHL blogs mentioned nabbing him could be a steal. Clearly they liked what they saw of him in June.

Swing by his twitter account and say hello.

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