Jayce Hawryluk will find himself living in yet another new home in the coming months. On Monday, it was announced that the 24-year-old forward had signed a one-year, one-way deal with the Vancouver Canucks worth $800K for the 2020-21 NHL season. Should Hawryluk spend time with the Canucks’ American Hockey League affiliate, he would be making $200K in the minors.
The former Brandon Wheat Kings star forward split the past season with the Florida Panthers and the Ottawa Senators. Drafted 32nd overall by Florida in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Hawryluk first cracked the squad in 2018-19, where he put up seven goals and 12 points in 42 games with the Panthers – not bad for half a rookie season.
However, 2019-20 did not go Jayce’s way – in many regards. A deep Florida team meant his use was at best, sparingly. Although balancing NHL and AHL duties, the Roblin product kept his head above the water and put together three points in 15 games with the Panthers. He ultimately found himself claimed on Waivers by the Ottawa Senators, where he immediately clicked in an offensive role.
Living out of a hotel, Hawryluk found significant production in Ottawa. Only skating in 11 games before the Senators saw the remainder of their 2019-20 season conclude, Hawryluk put up two goals and seven points, helping earn every cent of his new contract – one that sees a significant increase in his AHL salary, should any part of the season be spent with Utica.
During the pause, Hawryluk actually contracted COVID, to which he was one of the first professional athletes to openly announce his diagnosis. His recovery was spent at his parents’ home, before the league officially cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season. He has since spent the offseason with former Wheaties teammate and fellow Manitoban Nolan Patrick, weight training and running the gauntlet on cardio exercises with another NHL forward looking to leave a mark in the 2020-21 season.