Carolina Hurricanes

Canes sign Poturalski to entry-level deal

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday it has agreed to terms with forward Andrew Poturalski on a two-year, entry-level contract.

The deal will pay Poturalski $700,000 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American Hockey League level in 2016-17, and $832,500 in the NHL or $70,000 in the minor leagues in 2017-18. He will also receive a signing bonus of $185,000.

Poturalski will report to Carolina’s AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Poturalski, 22, ranked second in the NCAA in scoring at the end of his second season for the University of New Hampshire with 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists) in 37 games. The Williamsville, N.Y., native led the Wildcats in goals and points, was tied for first on the team in power-play goals (8) and ranked second on the team in assists.

He ended his collegiate career with 36 goals and 45 assists in 77 career games for the Wildcats.

“Andrew had an outstanding season with New Hampshire and attracted interest from numerous NHL teams, so we are thrilled that he chose Carolina to start his professional career,” general manager Ron Francis said in statement. “He’s a smart hockey player with really good speed and skill.”

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