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Red Wings sign Jake Paterson

From the Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Jake Paterson on a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

Originally selected by Detroit in the third round (80th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Paterson has spent his entire career with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. In 100 career games with the club since 2010, the 6-foot-1, 183-pound netminder has compiled a 47-38-10 record, a 3.45 goals against average, a 0.904 save percentage and two shutouts. He also sports a 6-10 postseason record alongside a 3.64 goals against average and a 0.890 save percentage.

A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Paterson also represented his country at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, but he did not appear in game action. Prior to entering the OHL full-time, Paterson spent most of the 2010-11 season with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, posting a 10-2-1 record in 13 appearances with a 2.95 goals against average and two shutouts.

The Saginaw Spirit are confirming, as is is the Saginaw News's Cory Butzin:

A native of Mississauga, Ont., Paterson grew up a Detroit Red Wings fan, and he put together his best performances during his draft year when former Red Wings great and current goaltending development coach Chris Osgood was scouting Saginaw during its playoff run in 2012.

That inspired Detroit to select the 1994-born player in the third round in 2012, No. 80 overall and he has rewarded the organization for their decision ever since.

Paterson, 6-foot-1, 183-pounds, put together a strong 2012-13 season with the Spirit that culminated in his selection to team Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championships in Russia as the No. 3 goalie, and some believe he has the inside track on becoming the No. 1 goalie for Canada at this year’s junior championships in Sweden.

He has participated in the last two Red Wings prospects camps with a dominant performance leading Detroit to a tournament championship this year, in addition to practicing with the Grand Rapids Griffins during their run to the AHL championship at the end of last season.

Despite a 1-3 record and 4.00 goals-against average, Paterson has been dynamite with a .917 save percentage through the first week of the OHL season. He gave up six goals against two-time defending Ontario Hockey League champion London, but his 47 saves were enough to make him the game’s third star. Paterson has tallied 40 or more saves in three of the Spirit's first four games.

For his career with Saginaw, Paterson is 47-39-5-5 with a 3.47 GAA and a .903 save percentage.

Paterson's 19 going on 20, so he could very well play for the Spirit for one more season before turning pro with the Wings.

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Crater's avatar

George, How’d they sign him? I thought they were at the 50 contract limit?

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 09/28/13 at 11:14 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

There’s something called an entry-level slide, where an entry-level contract for a player who’s not going to be on your roster slides to the next season. That’s likely how this works.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/28/13 at 11:19 PM ET

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