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Sunday, February 28, 2016

FLORIDA SIGNS DRYDEN HUNT

CASTLEGAR SOURCE

It's a move that slipped under the radar as most teams focus on the pending National Hockey League trade deadline.

However, for Nelson Dryden Hunt it's a day he'll remember for years — the day the 20-year-old sniper signed a contract with an NHL team.

Miami Herald beat reporter George Richards broke the news Saturday that the 6-foot, 200 pound sniper, who was sought after by a host of NHL teams, inked an entry-level deal with the Florida Panthers of the NHL.

Twice Hunt was passed over during the NHL entry draft, instead getting prospect stints with Carolina Hurricanes in 2014 and Montreal Canadiens last summer.

During the summer, the Nelson Minor Hockey grad was unsure where he'd be playing this Western Hockey League season.

Hunt found a home when the Moose Jaw acquired the Nelsonite from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2018.

Hunt, currently the leading scorer for the Warriors, has been on the front burner for NHL teams after serving up an impressive 99 points over 62 Western Hockey League games this year.

Hunt trails Adam Brooks of Regina by three points in the WHL scoring race.

The son of Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt will continue to play out the season with the Warriors before heading to the NHL to join the Panthers or one of the club's minor league affiliates.

The Warriors, 31-22-7-1, host Prince Albert Raiders Saturday before travelling to Saskatoon Sunday.

http://castlegarsource.com/news/florida-panthers-win-dryden-hunt-sweepstakes-sign-nelson-minor-hockey-grad-entry-level-deal-407#.VtMWjH0rKt8

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

A late bloomer with a wonderful future ahead of him! Best of luck in the Big Show!

RWAH said...

Congrats to Dryden Keep up the hard work and good things will happen

Anonymous said...

This was the Pats biggest blunder not bringing him back to Regina this year (his girlfriend lives here and he wanted to come back to Regina) Congratulations on signing with Florida Panthers.

william weppler said...

Great news for you Dryden...wish you all the best in your future professional career!

Anonymous said...

Great new for a great kid…………..should have never got away.

Yes it was a blunder but it appears they are still happening.