The Carolina Hurricanes picked up two players in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, snagging Jake Bean with the 13th overall pick and Julien Gauthier with the 21st overall pick.
Now, both players have been inked to new entry-level deals.
CapFriendly reported on Saturday morning that both Bean and Gauthier have inked three year entry level contracts with Carolina this weekend, carrying a cap hit of $925,000 each.
Bean will come into Carolina’s system from the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, where he put up an impressive 64 points in 68 regular season games as a defenseman in just his second year of major junior play. Despite signing his deal this summer, it’s likely that the Hurricanes will leave him in Calgary to improve upon those statistics for at least next year, potentially the following year as well.
Gauthier, on the other hand, comes to the Hurricanes after his third year as a forward for the QMJHL’s Val d’Or Foreurs. This past season, he put up a whopping 41 goals and 57 total points in 54 regular season games for the major junior club, setting a personal career high in goals for a single season despite playing an abbreviated schedule. He then added five points in six postseason games, as well.
Like Bean, Gauthier will almost certainly see his new entry-level deal slide for the coming season as he returns to the major juniors, although his 6 foot 4, 225 lbs frame could see him NHL ready sooner rather than later.