The Ducks have locked up one of their top prospects, signing Boston University center Nick Bonino to a two-year, entry-level contract and adding him to the NHL roster.
This season, Bonino gets a prorated $787,500 contract as long as he’s in the NHL and his NHL salary dips to $630,000 next season. He’ll make $67,500 in the minors both years of the contract, and gets a $175,000 signing bonus (split over two the two seasons) for a cap hit of $875,000.
The 21-year-old saw his junior season at BU come to an end Friday with a loss to the University of Maine in the Hockey East semifinals. He had a team-leading 27 assists and 38 points in 33 contests. His 120 shots and plus-18 rating were also team highs. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound center ranked tied for 10th among Hockey East players in scoring.
As a sophomore, he helped the Terriers capture the NCAA Division I title by scoring the game-tying goal with 18 seconds remaining to force overtime against Miami (Ohio) University. He finished second on the club with 18 goals and 50 points in 44 games and was one of only seven college hockey players to register 50 or more points.
Selected by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Bonino was acquired by Anaheim with goaltender Timo Pielmeier in exchange for left wing Travis Moen and defenseman Kent Huskins on Mar. 4, 2009. In his first year at BU, Bonino led all Hockey East freshmen in goals, scoring 16 in 39 games.