The Carolina Hurricanes continued their stretch of signing players as they inked forward prospect Phil Di Giuseppe to a three-year entry level deal today.
The contract pays him $675,000 next season, $725,000 in 2015-16 and $775,000 in 2016-17. He will earn $70,000 each year in the AHL and included a $277,000 signing bonus.
Di Giuseppe was drafted in the second round of the 2012 Draft and has played the past three seasons at Michigan, finishing with 78 points in 115 games.
The Wolverine’s season ended last Thursday when they lost in the Big Ten conference playoffs to Penn State in overtime. DI Giuseppe scored his 13th goal of the season to force the extra time.
I wrote a scouting report on Di Giuseppe when him and Michigan played Penn State earlier this season. You can read that scouting report here.
What I saw from Di Giuseppe was a quick forward with slick hands, even though he is more known as a goal-scorer.
However, the 20-year-old never really bust out as a prolific scorer with the Wolverines, never reaching higher than 28 points. His points dropped to 24 this season, in five less games though.
Di Giuseppe may join the Checkers this season, but the team is trying to make the playoffs and probably isn’t too open to playing a forward with no professional experience in the stretch drive.
But next season, the forward will be on the team and depending on how his rookie season goes, he may be a candidate for the Hurricanes roster in 2015-16.