He may look like a grizzled veteran already, but Jonah Gadjovich just turned 19 last week. The 55th-overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft is off to a strong start in his fourth OHL season and the Canucks have apparently seen enough to get him inked to his first professional contract.

The sizeable left-winger signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canucks on Monday. Financial details were not released, but the average annual value of an entry-level contract is limited to $925,000, with a maximum of $2,850,000 in performance bonuses. Gadjovich isn’t in the top tier of prospects, so it’s unlikely his deal reaches those heights.

The timing of the contract is noteworthy: the Canucks could have waited until next off-season to sign Gadjovich, but by signing him now, he’s considered to be “18” for purposes of the CBA. Despite turning 19 four days before signing his contract, the CBA defines him as 18: the age he was prior to September 15th.
In addition, if the Canucks waited until next off-season, Gadjovich would be considered 20 when he signs for some purposes of the CBA, as the age is then defined by the calendar year.