Carolina made an interesting signing on Tuesday, bringing aboard University of New Hampshire forward Andrew Poturalski on a two-year, entry-level contract.
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The deal will pay Poturalski $700,000 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) 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.
“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,” said [GM Ron] Francis. “He’s a smart hockey player with really good speed and skill.”
Poturalski, 22, was the second leading scorer in the country this year, with 52 points in 37 games — an impressive figure for his sophomore campaign. He’s a bit undersized — listed at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds — and had previously spent time with the Sabres and Bruins in their summer prospect development camps.