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Carolina Hurricanes Sign Trevor Carrick To ELC

The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that they have signed defenseman Trevor Carrick to a three-year entry level contract.

The Hurricanes also announced that Elias Lindholm will play for Team Sweden during the World Junior Championships.

Carrick was drafted by the Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2012 Draft. The Ontario native plays for the Mississauga Steelheads (at the time of the draft the team was the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) of the OHL.

The defenseman has seen his points steadily increase going from 19 in 2011-12 to 31 last season, to 27 already this year in 35 games.

Hockey’s Future describes Carrick as a two-way defenseman with raw skill, but plenty of potential.

At the end of this season, Carrick will likely join the Checkers for the late-season run, then join the team in a full-time role for the 2014-15 season. How he progresses will be seen then.

With raw skill, you have players that completely fall off or some that stick it all together to create a formidable career. Carrick obviously has good offensive numbers, if he can translate that into the AHL along with a defensive game, he could have a bright future.

Right now, Carrick is a long-term prospect, but with a good amount of potential. Getting him into the AHL early is a smart move by the Hurricanes.

The ELC will pay Carrick between $550,000 and $700,000 for three years in the NHL and $65,000 all three years in the AHL.

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