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Winnipeg Jets Sign Julien Brouillette

The Winnipeg Jets sign Brouillette to a one-year deal.

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The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Julien Brouillette to a one-year two-way contract worth $600K at the NHL level.

Undrafted, Brouillette signed his first NHL contract with the Washington Capitals for the 2013/14 season. He spent most of the year playing for their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, scoring 20 points (10G, 10A) in 51 games with the Bears. He also played 10 games for the Capitals, notching a goal and an assist. His contract payed the league-minimum $550K at the NHL level.

Brouillette, 27, is a career minor-leaguer. He isn't a big-time point-producer, even in the AHL, but has been a fixture on the Bears defence for several seasons. He'll likely be around to provide leadership and puck-moving skills to the St. John's IceCaps, but with the number of players the Jets have on defence, and the number of players expecting call-ups, I wouldn't expect to see Brouillette in the NHL this season.