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Coming into the 2022-23 season Chase Wheatcroft was a relatively unheralded kid playing for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League, little did we know that before the season was over he would find himself under contract in the National Hockey League.
Wheatcroft's breakout season with the Cougars, his first with the franchise, saw him explode onto the scene with a whopping 47 goals and 57 assists this season, a total of 104 points in only 65 games played.
By comparison, his previous single season high for goals was set last season with 12 goals, and 2 seasons ago he set his previous single season high for assists with 14. His previous season high for points was also set last season with 20 points over 33 games, a total that he has now eclipsed by a truly massive 84 points.
Wheatcroft's breakout season did not go unnoticed in the NHL and it was announced on Saturday that the undrafted 20 year old forward had signed a 3 year entry level contract with the Dallas Stars.
As an undrafted free agent Wheatcroft was eligible to sign with any NHL team that expressed interest in his services, so this will feel like a big win for the Stars if he can translate his skills to the NHL level.