The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Mike Zalewski to a one year, two way contract on July 11.
Zalewski will receive a pay out $632,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level, according to generalfanager.com
With the Canucks affiliate Utica Comets in 2015-16, Zalewski played in 58 games, scoring 16 goals, registering 17 assists for 33 points with 46 penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +14.
He attended the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he played two seasons (2012–14) of NCAA Division I hockey with the RPI Engineers, registering 21 goals, 26 assists, 47 points, and 75 penalty minutes in 71 games.
On March 14, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL signed Zalewski as a free agent to an entry-level contract. On April 12, 2014, Zalewski made his NHL debut skating 11:47 with the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
On July 8, 2015, with Zalewski unable to retain an NHL contract with the Canucks, he opted to remain within the organization by signing a one-year AHL contract with the Utica Comets, an affiliate.
On January 20, 2016, Zalewski signed a two-way, one year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks and subsequently was recalled the same day.
According to Eliteprospects.com, Zalewski is:
A reliable two-way forward that has a strong understanding of the game. Has the size to play a gritty, shutdown role and the skating to chase down the puck and win battles. Versatility is his strong suit and he tries to be a difference maker in whatever role he plays. Defensively, he plays a well-rounded game and will be the first to initiate contact. Creates separation well, but needs to follow up on loose pucks and be quicker to action. Has the tools to be a key player in multiple roles. [EP]