The Carolina Hurricanes locked up their best prospect for three years today as Elias Lindholm agreed to an entry-level contract with the team.
The contract will pay Lindholm $832,500 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL. There is also a $277,000 signing bonus which brings his cap hit to right around $900k. At the end of the contract, the 18-year-old will be a restricted free agent.
The signing will most likely help Lindholm’s chances of making the Canes next season. The Hurricanes would not want Lindholm to play in Sweden and burn a year off of his cheap contract.
If the Canes did not expect the Swedish forward to make the team, they would have allowed him to play in Sweden, while still retaining his rights.
From here, the question is where will Lindholm play with the Canes. He could take the third-line center spot or move into the top six if he converts to wing.
Hurricanes’ fans will have a chance to watch Lindholm starting tomorrow as the Hurricanes’ development camp starts.
The real opportunity for Lindholm will start in September with training camp.
The Canes selected Lindholm with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft. Last year, in the SEL, Lindholm scored 30 points in 48 games for Brynas If Gavle.