As UND waits for decisions on whether several drafted players will turn pro or return to school, there is an undrafted player who is attracting NHL attention, according to one person.
Sophomore goalieÂ Aaron Dell, who went undrafted, has received a two-year contract offer from the Montreal Canadiens, according to goalie coach David Marcoux, who is based out of Dell’s home provinceÂ of Alberta. That’s not to say that Dell will definitely sign that contract, but add Dell to the longÂ list of players to watch this offseason.
Dell had an outstanding season, finishing first nationally in goals-against average, wins and shutouts. He was named the INCH national goaltender of the year and a second-team All-American.
In other early departure news, there have been rumors floating that Brett Hextall has signed with Phoenix. However, when contacted late Saturday night, a Phoenix spokesperson said: “We have NOT signed Brett Hextall.” Again, that’s not to say it won’t happen. Hextall is definitely one to watch. It just didn’t happen as of Saturday night, according to the Coyotes. Phoenix’s assistant general manager told a radio station last week that the team planned to soon sign Hextall.