The Calgary Flames took a hard to play against power forward at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft when they selected Matthew Tkachuk from the London Knights with the sixth-overall pick.
Now, they’ve locked him up for at least three years.
The Flames confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Tkachuk, who put up an impressive 30 goals and 107 points in his first OHL season with the London Knights, has inked an entry-level deal with the Pacific Division club. He joins some of the top players from the 2016 draft to ink a deal with the club that selected him, as Pierre-Luc Dubois and Mikhail Sergachev have already inked with the Blue Jackets and Canadiens, respectively.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Tkachuk – the son of former NHL standout forward Keith Tkachuk – played with the US National Development program before ultimately heading to the Ontario Hockey League this past season.
While there, he joined a star-studded cast for the Knights, playing alongside top NHL prospects Christian Dvorak and Mitch Marner en route to the Memorial Cup. He’ll almost certainly head back there for the upcoming season, although it’s always possible that he could make the jump to the NHL for part of the year (either on a nine-game stint or up until the upcoming U20 World Juniors).