The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenseman Noah Hanifin to a six-year $29.7 million contract.
Hanifin, a 21-year-old native of Boston, Massachusetts, was drafted fifth overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2015 NHL Draft. In his three seasons with the Hurricanes, he has scored 18 goals along with 65 assists for 83 points in 239 games and led all blue-liners on his team last season with 10 goals and 22 assists. That works out to a cap hit of $4.95 million per season. The Flames acquired Hanifin from the Carolina Hurricanes this off-season in the Dougie Hamtion trade.
A dynamic two-way defenseman who has no holes in his game. An exceptionally strong skater who isn’t afraid to take the puck himself and move it up-ice. The confidence that he has in his abilities lets him thrive under heightened competitive levels. The skilled defenseman’s undeniably high level of hockey sense is showcased whenever he touches the puck in the offensive zone. Defensively, he is aggressive, constantly pushing for puck possession and a quick transition to offense, but at the same time steadfast, reliable, and patient. He is poised beyond his years and mature in his decision making. All-in-all, Noah Hanifin is the ideal all-around defenseman who leaves no area of his game untended. eliteprospects.com
Hanifin is still one of the youngest at his position in the pros. with a much better cast around him in Calgary, expect, Hanifin, to have a monster season, 40-50 points is not out of reach for this young gun, who is now going to be placed in a great situation with the Flames. Don’t hesitate to draft Hanifin in all fantasy formats.