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Canes sign Roy to entry-level contract

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Saturday that the team has signed center Nicolas Roy to a three year, entry-level contract.

On the NHL level, the deal will pay Roy $575,000 in 2016-17 and $650,000 in 2017-18 and 2018-19, or $67,500 per season in the minor leagues, plus a signing bonus of $240,000.

Roy will join the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, for the remainder of the season on an amateur tryout contract.

Roy, 19, finished the 2015-16 season with 48 goals and 42 assists in 63 games with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). His 48 regular-season goals led all QMJHL skaters and his 90 points ranked seventh in the league.

“Nicolas is a big and skilled center, and is coming off of a great season with Chicoutimi where he led QMJHL in goals,” Canes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “We are excited to see him take the next steps in his development.”

Roy, listed at 6-4 and 202 pounds, was a finalist for QMJHL defensive forward of the year and was named Chicoutimi’s 2015-16 most valuable player and the team’s captain.

Roy scored three goals and had four assists in six playoff games as the Sagueneens fell 4-2 in their first-round series against Cape Breton.

The Hurricanes drafted Roy in the fourth round, 96th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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