Ducks sign Yegor Sidorov and Coulson Pitre to 3-year entry-level deals – Orange County Register

The Ducks signed two players to entry-level contracts Wednesday, following on the heels of their primary minor league affiliate signing two players earlier in the week.

Wingers Yegor Sidorov and Coulson Pitre have signed three-year pacts that take effect next season, just after forward Sam Colangelo (Monday) and defender Andrew Lucas (Tuesday) respectively signed professional trial contracts and amateur tryout with the San Diego Gulls.

Sidorov was drafted 85th overall in the last draft, responding to the first 50-goal season for his junior club, the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League, since the mid-1990s. also showed a knack for scoring at just the right moment, leading the WHL in game-winning goals and finishing tied for third in power-play goals in a league where recent Washington Capitals signing Zac Funk left little place at the top of its ranking.

Sidorov is from Belarus, about 300 kilometers from Minsk, where he played at the junior level before arriving in North America in 2021. His game has been built around skill and deception, as he can use his skillful stickhandling to beat defenders one-on-one. one or his experts move away from the puck to free themselves from one-timers.

Pitre was also a third-round pick for the Ducks in 2023, 20 spots ahead of Sidorov. Although his production has essentially remained the same from his draft year to this season, Pitre possesses qualities that will make him a solid top-six or bottom-six forward once he matures physically. Hockey sense, courage, pound-for-pound strength and high motor skills have all contributed to Pitre’s success thus far.

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