Portland Winterhawks notebook: alums Niederreiter/Johansen net big deals

The players that were drafted fourth and fifth overall from Portland in the 2010 NHL draft, both recently received contract extensions. Ryan Johansen received an eight-year, $64 million contract with the Nashville Predators, while Nino Niederreiter got a five-year, $26..25 million contract from the Minnesota Wild. Neither player is still with the team that originally drafted them but have found themselves becoming huge keys in both their current teams’ futures.

 

Alumni update:

Rob Klinkhammer looks to be in the running to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He will be part of the group that plays in some pre-Olympic games starting August 5th in Sochi, Russia.

Garrett Haar received a one-year contract with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies. Haar came over in a deadline deal last year with the Tulsa Oilers.

Adin Hill is near the top of the heap among Arizona Coyotes prospects, despite it being one of the deeper crops in the NHL.

Miles Koules inked a one-year AHL contract with the Cleveland Monsters (Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate). He has battled his away around the ECHL, playing well enough to get a deal at the next level.

Other news:

-Cody Glass is getting a lot of publicity as Vegas Golden Knights training camp approaches. Some believe that he should start the season on the Golden Knights, though it still looks like a long shot as it stands now.

-Cross Hanas, Jackson Nieuwendyk and Chase Yoder, who were all drafted by Portland in the latest Bantam draft, have been named to the roster for the Dallas Stars 16U team. Shout out to Tanner Wilson for the link.

-Another draftee: Tyler Kleven signed with the University of North Dakota. 

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