Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Sven Baertschi to a two-year contract extension. The contract will carry a value of $1,700,000 in the first year and a value of $2,000,000 in the second year for an annual average value of $1,850,000.
Baertschi, 23, appeared in 69 games for the Canucks last season where he set career-highs in a number of categories including goals (15), assists (13), points (28), power play goals (2), power play points (7), game-winning goals (1) and shots (107). The 5-11, 189-pound forward has appeared in 138 regular season NHL games split between Vancouver and Calgary, collecting 58 points (25-33-58) and 40 penalty minutes.
A native of Bern, Switzerland, Baertschi was originally selected by Calgary in the first round, 13th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Vancouver from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Vancouver’s second round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on March 2, 2015.