The Carolina Hurricanes succeeded in signing an undrafted free agent that was sought after today by signing Sergey Tolchinsky to an entry-level contract.
Tolchinsky participated at the Hurricanes’ development camp after being invited by the team, but the Russian forward also took part in the New York Rangers’ camp and was supposed to play for them in the Traverse City tournament.
The three-year contract will pay Tolchinsky $550,000 in the NHL and $55,000 in the AHL.
At development camp, the 5-ffot-nine forward impressed with his skating and stick-handling and scored two goals in the scrimmage at the end of camp. Since then, he has been on the Canes’ radar.
At 18-years-old, it’s likely that Tolchinsky will return to juniors, where he plays for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. From there he could make the Checkers roster in 2014-15, but it’s unlikely that he will be ready for the NHL at that point.
The first thing Tolchinsky will need to work on, is his size. He can’t help his short stature, but he can bulk up, which will give him strength when he reaches the pro stage.
His height was the main cause of Tolchinsky being passed over in the 2013 Draft.
Tolchinsky isn’t going to make an impact with the Hurricanes any time soon, but he is an impressive player and the fact the Canes won the auction over the Rangers is something to be excited about.