Karlsson signs entry-level contract with Hurricanes

calexander@newsobserver.comMay 27, 2014 

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed left wing Erik Karlsson of Sweden to a three-year, entry level contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Karlsson will be paid $550,000 during the first season, $600,000 in the second and $650,000 in the third if playing in the NHL. He will receive $60,000 in the American Hockey League in the first season, and $65,000 in seasons two and three. He also received a signing bonus of $185,000.

“Erik played well at the World Juniors and has shown improvement each year since he was drafted,” Canes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “He has good speed and adds to our team’s organizational depth at forward.”

Karlsson, 19, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Canes in the 2012 NHL Draft and spent most of the 2013-14 season with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League, finishing with five goals and one assist in 41 games. A native of of Lerum, Sweden, he added one goal during six playoff games as the Indians fell to Linkopings in the quarterfinals.

Karlsson represented Sweden at the 2014 World Juniors, finishing with three assists and a plus-1 rating in seven games as host Sweden captured the silver medal.

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