When Dylen McKinlay came to the Kelowna Rockets last season, he was an unknown commodity.
But together with fellow 20-year-olds Cody Fowlie and JT Barnett, McKinlay helped to stabilize a young Rockets team and had a solid final campaign in the WHL.
Now the Langley native has turned that into a contract with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies.
Grizzlies head coach and GM Tim Branham announced that the team has agreed to terms with McKinlay for the 2013-2014 season.
McKinlay, 21, joins Utah for his rookie season after a season that saw him score 24 goals and 44 assists for 68 points in 72 games with the Rockets last year. He was fourth in the WHL with a plus-55. He was third on his team in scoring, led the Rockets in plus-minus and was tied for second in the league with six shorthanded goals. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
“Dylen is a dynamic player,” said Branham. “He is great at both ends of the ice, and is dangerous on special teams. I am looking forward to his transition as a pro player.”
The Grizzlies enter their ninth season in the ECHL and their 19th year in Utah in 2013-2014 after previously competing in the IHL and AHL from 1995-2005. They play at Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah which hosted Olympic Ice Hockey during the 2002 Winter Olympics.