(source: Michigan State University)
As the rebuild continues, Ottawa has signed another prospect to a three year entry level contract. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (119th overall), left winger Derek Grant will leave Michigan State and join the AHL Binghamton Senators in their hunt for a playoff spot.
Coming in at 6’3″ and 185lbs, the left winger who can also play centre will fore go his last two years of collegiate eligibility for a chance to get a head start on his pro career. With the organization in need of offensive forwards, this is a great move by Grant as he will not only get a taste of the pro game, but also with a good showing, could be penciled in as a prospect who could be an option in the forward ranks going forward.
Grant got a chance to speak to the media about leaving college early. “This was not an easy decision, but it is the one I felt that was right for me. I love everything about Michigan State, and I will always be a Spartan. I owe a great deal of thanks to our coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to wear the Green & White. I also need to thank my teammates, who made my experience in East Lansing unforgettable. “
Having a great year, Grant was the Spartans’ leading scorer in 2010-11 with eight goals and 25 assists for 33 points. Grant completes his collegiate career with 20 goals and 43 assists in 76 career games. Assistant GM Tim Murray describes Grant as a ”finesse, smart offensive winger” who “sees the ice very well and handles the puck very well.” Seeming to have the skills and smarts to go along with his size, Grant will need a good summer to add some weight to his frame if he truly wants to be an impact player in the NHL.
Grant is also the fourth draft pick from the 2008 Entry Draft to be signed to a pro contract. This draft year is known as GM Byran Murray‘s first real draft as GM with his scouting team in place. Along with Grant, already signed and playing pro are Erik Karlsson, Zach Smith and Patrick Wiercioch. Murray has a reputation as an excellent drafter and we are starting to see his results.
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