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College prospect reportedly refuses to sign, expected to test free agency

Published February 17, 2024 at 9:20

The Vancouver Canucks currently sit in first place in the NHL standings, sitting 6 points up on the second place team. The Canucks are considered one of the Stanley Cup favorites and a team with an incredibly deep prospect pool. Even multiple time Stanley Cup Champion, Phil Kessel is interested in joining the Canucks.

However, it appears at least one young prospect has no interest in joining the team. According to reports prospect, Jacob Truscott reportedly will not sign with the Canucks and instead may hit free agency this summer. Rick Dhaliwal shared the following information on the Halford & Brough podcast.

I believe Jacob Truscott is going to hit the free agent market and will not sign with the Canucks.

Truscott, 21, was selected in the 5th round in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by the Canucks. Truscott is currently enrolled and playing plays for Michigan University of the NCAA. Last season at Michigan, where he wore an assistant captain letter on his jersey he put up 16 points in 23 games.

In 28 games this season since being named Captain, Truscott has 2 goals and 11 assists. This is Truscott's senior year and as an NCAA player he will be required to sign a contract before August 15th or he will become an unrestricted free agent.

If Truscott doesn't feel the right opportunity presents itself in Vancouver he will have an opportunity to sign with any professional team he chooses. Truscott doesn't hold significant value and likely won't be highly coveted via trade making this a situation that likely isn't resolved until the summer.
February 17   |   291 answers
College prospect reportedly refuses to sign, expected to test free agency

Should NCAA players have the option to become free agents if they refuse to sign?

No, treat them like the other prospects18362.9 %
Yes, it's their right7525.8 %
I don't care3311.3 %
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