The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have signed Maxime Comtois to a 3-year, entry-level contract.
The 19-year-old center is currently playing junior hockey for the Victoriaville Tigres in the QMJHL. He was selected by Anaheim in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 2017 draft, falling considerably from his original first round projections due to a relatively weak draft season.
For a profile on what he brings to the ice, check out my 2017 Draft roundup.
Comtois recently was a member of Team Canada in the 2018 World Juniors where he had a strong showing with 6 points (3G, 3A) in 7 games. Ever since then, however, he has found a new gear with 44 points (24G, 20A) since the tournament and is currently riding a 15 game point streak with a recent 5 point game, bringing his season total to 73 points (39G, 34A) in 49 games.
Reports from the annual Season Ticket Holder breakfast with Bob Murray indicate that the Ducks General Manager believes Comtois “may be the steal of the draft”. With his play since the World Junior Championship, Comtois is certainly working towards that distinction.