Hurricanes sign prospect Karlsson to three-year ELC

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes signed left winger Erik Karlsson to a three-year, entry-level contract as announced by the club on Tuesday.

Karlsson will be paid $550,000 at the National Hockey League (NHL) level in the first year, $600,000 in the second year and $650,000 in the third year, while also receiving a signing bonus of $185,000.

He will earn $60,000 in the American Hockey League (AHL) in year one, and $65,000 in years two and three.

“Erik played well at the World Juniors, and has shown improvement each year since he was drafted,” executive vice-president and general manager Ron Francis said.

“He has good speed and adds to our team’s organizational depth at forward.”

Karlsson spent most of the 2013-14 season with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), finishing the year with five goals and one assist (6 points) in 41 games during the regular season, and added a goal in six playoff games.

Selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, he also spent time with the Frolunda Jr. squad, posting 15 points (5g, 10a) in nine games as well as with host Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships (WJHC) where he earned a silver medal while contributing three assists in seven games.