The Prince George Cougars locked up 16-year-old defenceman Jaren Brinson, to a Western Hockey League Player Agreement on Monday.

He was the 36th overall selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Jaren’s commitment is another positive step forward for our organization,” said General Manager and Head Coach, Mark Lamb.

“He made big strides in his development this past season and he’ll be a key piece in the future of this team.”

Brinson played for the Edge School Mountaineers at the Midget Prep level in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League this past season.

The Airdrie, AB product was the top-scoring defenceman on his team and the second-highest scoring defenceman at the Midget Prep level, with 34 points (8G-26A) in 32 games.

With Brinson’s signing, the Cougars have now signed each of their first four prospects in the 2019 and 2020 WHL Bantam Drafts.