We have our first signing of the day, and it’s one of the Leafs 2022 draft picks, goaltender Dennis Hildeby.
The Leafs press release:
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed goaltender Dennis Hildeby to a three-year, entry-level contract. The average annual value of the contract is $843,330.
Hildeby, 20, skated in seven regular season games with Färjestad (SHL) during the 2021-22 season, posting a 1.93 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.
Hildeby was selected by Toronto in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2022 NHL Draft.
The Järfälla, Sweden native will attend this year’s prospect development camp, opening on Sunday, July 17th at the Ford Performance Centre. The full development camp roster and details will be announced soon.
So this is really great news as Hildeby, a draft overager is well on his path to the NHL and has some promising numbers (and height at 6’6) to show for it. He is still under contract with Färjestad for two more seasons, so there aren’t any guarantees on when he’ll come over, but at least there seems to be a commitment that it will happen in a couple of years.
The Hildeby signing also puts the #Leafs up to 42 contracts already. A bit of a strange signing to happen now given the new NHL-SHL transfer agreement states as a non-first round pick under the age of 24, he has to be offered to his SHL club before joining the #Marlies
— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) July 13, 2022
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