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Wesley signs entry-level contract

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday that it had signed defenseman Josh Wesley to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The deal will pay Wesley $575,000 in the NHL or $60,000 in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2016-17. He will be paid $650,000 in the NHL or $65,000 in the AHL during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, and receives a signing bonus of $210,000.

Wesley, 20, is the son of former Canes defenseman Glen Wesley. Raised in Raleigh, he participated in the Junior Hurricanes program and with the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Wesley had 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) and a plus-7 rating in 57 regular-season games for Flint and Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2015-16. He led the Ice Dogs in plus/minus (+8) during the 2016 OHL playoffs, totaling four points in 17 games as Niagara advanced to the OHL Final before falling to eventual Memorial Cup champion London.

“Josh has continued to progress in his development,” Canes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “He played very well for Niagara in the playoffs and is ready to begin his professional hockey career.”

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