The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Swedish forward Erik Karlsson to a three-year entry-level contract. Karlsson was the team’s fourth round selection (99th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
At the NHL level, the contract will pay Karlsson $550,000 in 2014-2015, $600,000 in 2015-2016, and $650,000 in 2016-2017. At the AHL level, the deal will pay Karlsson $60,000 in 2014-2015 and $65,000 in the 2015-2016 season and 2016-2017 season.
Ron Francis, Executive VP and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced the signing on Tuesday.
“Erik played well at the World Juniors, and has shown improvement each year since he was drafted. He has good speed and adds to our team’s organizational depth at forward.” – Ron Francis
Erik Karlsson was Elias Lindholm‘s teammate on Sweden’s 2014 World Junior Championship team. The team won the silver medal in the tournament.
The 19-year-old played 41 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-2014. Karlsson tallied 5 goals and 1 assist in Sweden’s professional hockey league.
Erik Karlsson gained over 10 pounds this past season, and he is now listed at 6’0″, 180 lbs. He was drafted at 5’11″ and around 160 lbs. in 2012.
The Lerum, Sweden native will look to turn pro soon with the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League. Erik Karlsson won’t compete for a pro roster spot within the next year or two, but he could make a run for an NHL spot at some point in the future.