A year ago, the Carolina Hurricanes used the annual Summerfest Celebration at PNC Arena to sign first-round pick Noah Hanifin to his entry-level contract.
On Saturday, the Canes did it again. Twice.
Defenseman Jake Bean and forward Julien Gauthier both signed their three-year, entry-level deals before the “state-of-the-Hurricanes” Summerfest session with general manager Ron Francis and coach Bill Peters. Bean was the 13th overall pick and Gauthier the 21st selection of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
The deals will pay both Bean and Gauther $832,500 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level through their first three professional seasons. Both received a signing bonus of $277,500.
“It was great having Jake here for our development camp this week, and getting to know him better as a person and player,” Francis said in a statement. “He has a bright future in our organization and we are looking forward to seeing him again at the rookie tournament and during training camp.
“For an 18-year-old, Julien already has the body of a professional hockey player. He had a great week in Raleigh for development camp, and will play an important role in the Hurricanes’ future.”
Bean, 18, scored 24 goals and earned 40 assists (64 points) in 68 regular-season games in 2015-16 for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Calgary native ranked first among WHL blueliners with 24 goals, tied for first among league defensemen with 12 power-play goals and sixth in defensemen points (64).
Gauthier, 18, led the Val d’Or Foreurs, and ranked tied for sixth among all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) skaters, with 41 goals in 54 regular-season games played in 2015-16.