The Carolina Hurricanes continued their busy stretch of signing college prospects today as they signed free agent Patrick Brown from Boston College to a two-year entry level contract.
Brown will earn $60,000 in the AHL each year and received a $130,000 signing bonus. If he plays in the NHL next season, he will make $575,000 and $600,000 in 2015-16.
Ron Francis had this to say on Brown in a press release from the team:
“Patrick showed tremendous leadership and character while serving as Boston College’s captain this season. He has an excellent work ethic and made great strides during his college career. We look forward to his continued development as a professional.”
-Ron Francis – hurricanes.nhl.com
Brown had a combined two points in his first two seasons of collegiate play in 42 games. In his junior year, he had 11 in 38 and saw an outburst this past season with 30 points in 40 games, while captaining the Golden Eagles to the Final Four.
One reason for Brown’s aberration this season is the skill of Boston College’s team. Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gaudreau is one of the most hyped prospects coming out of college. Him and Bill Arnold, another BC forward, signed with the Calgary Flames yesterday, and both will make their NHL premieres tomorrow.
Brown will take longer than that to get into the NHL, but his increased production speaks for itself and if he can continue that in the AHL, this could be a big signing for the Hurricanes.