It was confirmed on Monday afternoon that forward Mitch Hults has inked an entry-level deal with the Anaheim Ducks, per an official release from the club.
Hults, a native of Stoughton, Wisconsin, just wrapped up his second season of NCAA hockey with Lake Superior State University, following three years of USHL hockey with the Indiana Ice and Madison Capitols.
Hults was undrafted at the NHL level, but the 22-year-old forward has been developing into a solid prospect while skating at Lake Superior State. He’s put up a combined 20 goals in the last two season, 11 of which came this year. He’ll walk away from his sophomore campaign with 34 points in 36 games.
This is likely a minor league signing for the Ducks, but it could prove to be valuable in the long run. The team lost depth forward Joseph Cramarossa on waivers to the Vancouver Canucks, and they’re likely to draft in the middle or late part of the first round this season.
This means that Hults adds a potential solid forward for the AHL’s San Diego Gulls this upcoming year, and his size — he stands at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds — could end up working in his favor if he’s able to show that his offensive game is at a level that the Ducks feel warrants NHL attention.