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Carrick signs entry-level contract

The Canes on Wednesday agreed to terms with defenseman Trevor Carrick of the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) on a three-year, entry-level contract.

The deal will pay Carrick $550,000 at the NHL level or $65,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level in the first year, $625,000 in the NHL or $65,000 in the AHL in the second year, and $700,000 in the NHL or $65,000 in the AHL in the third year. He will also receive a signing bonus of $225,000.

“Trevor had a strong training camp with the Hurricanes and has excelled in the OHL this season,” Ron Francis, the Canes vice president of hockey operation, said in a statement. “He has good size and toughness and has developed the offensive side of his game.”

Carrick, 19, ranks first among Ontario Hockey League defensemen in goals (14) and tied for third in points (27) in 35 games played for the Steelheads. He is first among Mississauga skaters in points (27), second in goals (14), second in power-play goals (5) and third in penalty minutes (57).

Carrick was Carolina’s fourth-round selection, 115th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He has 30 goals, 47 assists (77 points) and 177 penalty minutes in 159 career OHL games with Mississauga.

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