Kerdiles was added from Anaheim in the trade that sent forward Chase De Leo to California. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound winger has dressed in three regular season NHL games for the Ducks, as well as four postseason games. He spent the majority of the 2017-18 campaign with the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. Kerdiles’ deal is worth $150K in the minors.
The 24-year-old Texas native made his name with the United States National Development Team from 2010-12, before putting up 11 goals and 33 points in 32 games for the University of Wisconsin in his freshman year. Kerdiles followed that up with a 15 goal, 38 point campaign in 28 games in the 2013-14 hockey season.
Kerdiles has since put up 47 goals and 106 points in 178 AHL games between the Norfolk Admirals and the San Diego Gulls. If the four-year pro does not land a spot on Winnipeg’s roster come opening night, he will certainly serve as a fixture on the Manitoba Moose’s top six.
With Kerdiles now locked down for the 2018-19 season, the Winnipeg Jets have just three restricted free agents left to sign. Defenceman Josh Morrissey will certainly command the largest contract, while minor league goaltender Eric Comrie and forward JC Lipon are also without deals. 2017 first round draft pick, forward Kristian Vesalainen also remains unsigned.