Anaheim Ducks Sign Kevin Gagné To Entry Level Deal

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As first reported by Mikael Lalancette of TVA Sports, defenseman Kevin Gagne has reportedly signed an entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Gagne, an undrafted prospect, attended the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp last Fall but did not sign with the AHL affiliate of the Hamilton Bulldogs. He would return to the Saint Johns Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, where he played four-and-a-half seasons before being traded to Rimouski in December of 2012. Saint John traded the 20-year old defensemen to the Oceanic in exchange for a 2013 first- and sixth-round pick and a 2014 fourth-round pick that originally was held by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Gagne is currently tied for the QMJHL league lead in defensemen scoring with 67 points in 56 games. He is also tied for the d-man lead in goals with 17 and assists with 50, much better stats than his previous Quebec league seasons.

His size could possibly be a restricting factor in his road to the NHL. While he may be fine in the junior ranks, but the 5’8, 172 pound defenseman lacks the physical ability to play in the top league right now. His two way game, however, is great, and can be compared to Ryan Ellis on the Nashville Predators.

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