Columbus is close to landing 6-5, 202-pound forward Sam Vigneault out of Clarkson, TSN has reported.
Vigneault, 20, is coming off an impressive season for the Golden Knights, leading the team with 36 points through 39 games. The Quebec native is expected to join AHL Cleveland on an ATO this year, and per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, will have his two-year, entry-level deal kick in next season.
UPDATE: Columbus has made the two-year ELC official.
Vigneault opted to forego his senior year at Clarkson, and strike while his stock was high.
“His maturation, physically, as a player, has been great,” Clarkson head coach Casey Jones said, per the Watertown Daily Times. “He’s always had great offensive vision and an IQ for the game. I think he’s become more patient in the application of it and making plays. I like the way his game has rounded out.
“You look down the stretch and he’s impacted some games for us and been a go-to guy. I think he’s taken that step for us this year to understand that it falls on his shoulders and there is expectation for him to be a key cog offensively for us, and he’s done a fantastic job.”