Winnipeg Jets sign defenceman Dylan Samberg – Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Jets and the National Hockey League may be in a holding pattern because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that is not stopping general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff from attending to some important business.

A pressing item was checked off the to-do list with the signing of University of Minnesota-Duluth defenceman Dylan Samberg to a three-year entry-level contract.

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The deal has an average annual value of $1.175 million and kicks in for the start of the 2020-21 season.

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Samberg was a second-round pick of the Jets in the 2017 NHL entry draft. The six-foot-four, 215-pound left-shot blueliner from Hermantown, Minn., had one goal and 20 assists for 21 points in 28 games during his junior season with the Bulldogs. UMD was gunning for a third consecutive national title when the NCAA post-season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Samberg also played for Team USA in the 2018 and 2019 world junior tournaments, helping his country capture bronze and silver medals, respectively, in those events.

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