The Calgary Flames have signed two college free agent defencemen in Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Connor Mackey and North Dakota’s Colton Poolman to one-year, entry-level contracts starting in 2020-21.
Mackey was No. 1 on TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli’s list of undrafted NCAA free agents generating interest from NHL teams. The 23-year-old had seven goals and 24 points in 36 games this season. He played three seasons for Minnesota State University-Mankato, totaling 18 goals and 43 assists for 61 points in 118 games.
He named to the WCHA First All-Star team this past season. Mackey was the USHL defenceman of the year in 2017.
Poolman, who spent four seasons at the University of North Dakota, totalled 18 goals, 57 assists and 75 points in 146 NCAA games. He is the younger brother of Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tucker Poolman.
In other college free agent news, the New York Rangers have signed undrafted free agent forward Austin Rueschhoff from Western Michigan.
In three seasons at Western Michigan, Rueschhoff totalled 35 goals, 35 assists and 70 points in 105 NCAA games.
The 6’7 winger netted double-digit goals in each of his three seasons as a Bronco. His entry-level contract starts in 2020-21.