20-year-old Oscar Dansk signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. Through the signing, the Jackets organization has gained some depth in it’s goaltending position, adding a young, second-round draft pick to the mix. All players ages 18-21 who sign entry-level contracts in the NHL are required to have a length of three years
Dansk has been compiled a few awards this season that no doubt helped him land this contract. He played this past season in the OHL for the Erie Otters, and was a co-winner of the Top Team Goaltending award in Erie this season. Also, Dansk was awarded the Top goaltender award at the IIHF World Juniors this year. An outstanding season and these wards helped the 20-year-old to sign a contract with the team that drafted him in 2012.
This season, Dansk was 29-9-1 with the Erie Otters of the OHL. He had a saver percentage of .909 and a goals against average of 2.39. Compare that to Springfield’s starting goaltender Mike McKenna, who was 22-10-1 with save percentage of .910 and a goals against average of 2.54 in the AHL this season. The stats are pretty close, which goes to show the depth Columbus is adding by signing Dansk to an entry-level contract and entering him into their organization.
Dansk will join goaltenders Mike McKenna (31) and Jeremy Smith (25) of the Springfield Falcons as part of the Blue Jackets organization. This season, the Jackets signed goaltenders Joonas Koprisalo (20) and Anton Forsberg (21) to entry level contracts as well. Along with Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney, the Jackets organization now has seven goaltenders involved. If Bobrovsky or McElhinney were to get injured, they certainly have plenty of options for call-ups. The favorite this season was Mike McKenna, who was called up during Bobrovsky’s injury to back up McElhinney. Dansk is the news addition to the goalie lineup, and also the youngest. There is certainly a lot of room for the Jackets organization to develop their goaltending position and create a lot of depth in net in the years to come.