The Carolina Hurricanes drafted forward Nicolas Roy with the 96th overall draft selection at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, joining a successful draft class for the Metropolitan Division club – and now, after a successful post-draft season, he’s inked his entry level deal with the club.
The deal was announced on Saturday morning, with General Fanager reporting that the forward will make $705,000 per season over the first three years of his deal with the Hurricanes. The six foot four skater could spend one more season in the major juniors, though, so there’s no guarantee that Carolina will see him in the fall until the start of the 2017-18 season.
Drafted out of the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens this past summer, Roy led his club in scoring this year with 48 goals and 90 points through 63 games. He then added three goals and seven points in six post-season games, although that wasn’t good enough for his club to advance past a six-game series dropped to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Now that Roy’s QMJHL club has been eliminated from the post-season, the prospect is eligible to join one of Carolina’s affiliates to finish out the year. It’s certainly possible that he could head to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers for a few games, where the team sits just outside of the post-season with a few games left to play.