After a year abroad, the pride of Roblin, Manitoba has decided to come home, well close to home, that is.
This past week, the Ottawa Senators announced the signing of forward Jayce Hawryluk to a one-year, two-way deal for the 2022-23 NHL season.
The 26-year-old will make at least $160K over the course of the year, as that is the value of his base American Hockey League salary, should he spent parts of or the full season with Ottawa’s minor league affiliate Belleville Senators. If with Ottawa for the coming year, Hawryluk will earn $750K for a full season of play.
The nation’s capital is a familiar stomping ground for Hawryluk, who finished off the 2019-20 season with the Senators after being claimed off Waivers from the Florida Panthers late in the year. He actually blossomed with Ottawa, putting up his best career numbers in his short experience in Ontario. In just 11 games, he had two goals, seven points and eight penalty minutes.
“Jayce is someone with whom the organization has familiarity,” Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion said. “He has a strong work ethic, is tenacious and is someone who will fit in seamlessly with our group. Given his near 100 games of NHL experience, his addition provides a nice depth element to our roster.”
Hawryluk joined the Vancouver Canucks for the 2020-21 season, to which he put up two goals, five points and nine penalty minutes in 30 games. He signed overseas in Sweden with Skelleftea AIK last year. The former Brandon Wheat King scored eight times and added 11 assists for 19 points in 39 games played.
When asked to comment on the new contract, Hawryluk told Game On Magazine that his focus is on making the Senators and his preparation in doing so.