The Vancouver Canucks announced on Friday afternoon that they have signed 1st round pick Jake Virtanen. The 17-year old forward was drafted sixth overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Canucks. Virtanen signed a three-year deal, believed to be worth $925,000 per year. Not bad for a kid who can't even legally drink a beer yet.
Virtanen was so excited about his payday that he beat the Canucks to breaking the news on Twitter earlier today.
Such an honour to sign with the Vancouver Canucks ! I'd like to thank everybody who's helped me get to this point especially my family !!— Jake Virtanen (@Jake_Virtanen) July 25, 2014
Such a good kid, looking out for his family during his big Twitter moment.
Virtanen scored 45 goals to go along with 26 assists last season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. His 45 goals were good enough for fifth overall in the league. He really broke out last season after he scored 16 goals and 18 assists in 62 games the year before.
The 6'0, 208-pound forward has shown he has the ability to be a scoring threat. Back in the 2010-11 season while playing for the Abbotsford Hawks at the bantam level, Virtanen scored 68 goals and 117 points in 59 points. He was selected first overall by Calgary in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft as a result.
Virtanen also helped lead Canada to a bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships, scoring three goals and six points in the tournament, tying for the team lead in scoring.
Virtanen did have some recent injury woes as he had surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Back in June, Virtanen said he didn't want to rush anything and wanted to make sure he felt 100-percent healthy.
The Canucks now have both their first round picks signed as Jared McCann, taken 24th overall, to a three-year entry level contract. Onto the development!