Seattle Kraken have signed 2023 third-round pick Caden Price to an entry-level contract.

The three-year, two-way contract ($908,000) is set to begin next season, and he is expected to report to Seattle’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Coachella Valley Firebirds, on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the season.

Price, a six-foot-one, 185-pound defenseman, recorded 55 points (13 goals, 42 assists) in 62 regular-season games with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this year, establishing WHL career highs in goals, assists, points, power-play goals (three) and points per game (0.89).

“We are excited for Caden to officially join our organization after a career year in the WHL,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said in a press releas.

“We’ve been impressed with his progress so far and are looking forward to seeing him continue to develop going forward.”

Due to the CHL-NHL Transfer Agreement, the 2005-born defenceman will not be eligible to play in the AHL full-time next season, he must either make Seattle’s NHL squad or be returned to the Rockets for his 19-year old season.

A native of Saskatoon, Price represented Canada at the IIHF 2023 U18 World Junior Championship, taking home a bronze medal. He also donned the Maple Leaf at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he won a gold medal.

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