Hurricanes reward Lindholm with two-year contract extension

Chris Baird - TSN via Baird Photography

Chris Baird – TSN via Baird Photography

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Thursday that the team had agreed to terms with forward Elias Lindholm on a two-year contract extension.

The deal will pay the Swedish forward $2.5 million in 2016-17, and $2.9 million in 2017-18.

“Elias played well last season, nearly doubling his offensive numbers from his rookie year,” executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis said.

“We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional.”

Lindholm, 20, established career highs in goals (17), assists (22), points (39) and games played (81) in 2014-15, and ranked third on the team in goals and points, and tied for third in assists.

The Hurricanes’ first round pick (fifth overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Lindholm has scored 26 goals and posted 34 assists (60 points) in 139 NHL regular season games played.