Canucks Agree To Terms With Defenceman Jett Woo On a 1-Year, 2-Way Contract.

by Canucks Communications @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

May 31 2023

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenceman Jett Woo on a one-year, two-way contract.

Jett Woo’s salary is $775,000 and his cap hit is $775,000 for the 2023-24 season. He is a 22 year old defense who was born on Jul. 27, 2000. He was drafted 37th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2nd round of the 2018 entry draft. He has signed 2 contracts worth a total value of $4,000,000. He will be a RFA at the end of the 2023-24 season when he is 23 years old.

Source: CapFriendly

Woo, 22, spent the entire 2022.23 season with the Abbotsford Canucks (AHL), compiling 21 points (7-14-21) in 68 games played.

The third-year pro led all Abbotsford skaters in penalty minutes (96) and took another step forward in his development, setting career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (2), and shots (105). He also matched his personal best plus-minus rating (+7) and was voted Unsung Hero by the fans.

After leading all Abbotsford defencemen in games played during the regular season, Woo also played in all 6 of his club’s Calder Cup playoff games, collecting 6 penalty minutes and 9 shots on goal.

In 138 regular season games across three career AHL seasons split between Abbotsford and Utica, Woo has recorded 34 points (12-22-34), 149 penalty minutes, and a +8 rating.

Prior to his professional career, the 6’0″, 205-pound defenceman played 242 regular season games in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Calgary Hitmen, registering 160 points (33-127-160), 230 penalty minutes and a +60 rating.

A product of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Woo has represented Canada on multiple international occasions, including earning a gold medal at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and a silver medal at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Woo was originally selected by Vancouver in the second round, 37th overall at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.


The ‘Sun Belt’ Stanley Cup Final Goes Saturday

2023 Stanley Cup Final

The southernmost Stanley Cup Final in NHL history pits the Golden Knights against the Panthers, with Game 1 slated for Saturday in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET.

It will open the first-ever Final televised on TNT, with the contest also carried on TBS and truTV in the U.S. as well as on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada.

The Panthers and Golden Knights will contest the League’s second Stanley Cup Final involving two “Sun Belt” teams and first since 2020 when Carter Verhaeghe and the Lightning squared off with the Stars in the neutral-site bubble at Rogers Place.

The 2023 Final will also mark the second to feature franchises that joined the NHL in the 1990s or later, following the 2007 championship series between the Ducks and Senators.

Florida, which ousted three of the NHL’s four highest-seeded teams in Boston, Carolina and Toronto, now faces Vegas which concluded the regular season atop the Western Conference and fifth place in the League standings overall. The Panthers will be the first team in NHL history to face four of the League’s five highest-seeded teams from the regular season during a single playoff year.

Vegas has eliminated four 100-point players from the regular season en route to reaching the Final (Connor McDavidLeon DraisaitlJason Robertson & Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) and will need to defeat one more in Matthew Tkachuk to win its first Cup in franchise history.

The Golden Knights became the first team to eliminate four or more 100-point scorers in a postseason since the Canadiens (6) and Islanders (4) in 1993.

The 2023 Stanley Cup Final will mark the sixth in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) where both franchises are seeking their first championship, with the Golden Knights and Panthers involved in two of the five previous series over that span (also 20071999 & 1991).

There are several notable connections between the franchises, including Jack Eichel set to square off with his ex-teammate Sam Reinhart as well as Reilly SmithJonathan Marchessault and Nick Cousins facing their former franchises.