While the Carolina Hurricanes are finishing up the close of this season, the front office is busy at work. Don Waddell and Rod Brind’Amour had their closing interviews with the media today.
The Canes have signed their 2021 fifth-round draft pick, Justin Robidas, to a three-year entry-level contract. Robidas will be receiving a $150,000 signing bonus and his NHL-level cap hit will be $750,000.
Like fellow Canes forward, Stefan Noesen, the 20 year old center is from Texas.
The Texas native as played junior hockey in the QMJHL the last three seasons, producing at a solid rate in both the regular season and the playoffs. In 2021-22, Robidas had 30 goals for the Val-d’Or Foreurs in 68 games played.
This season was split with the Val-d’Or Foreurs and the Quebec Remparts. In the playoffs with Quebec, Robidas shined with 27 points in 18 playoff games. 11 of those points were goals.
The Canes will allow Robidas time to develop and come along the system properly to prevent any hiccups.
Don Waddell has done a nice job of hanging onto his draft picks and prospects over the last few seasons and that will start to payoff in players like Robidas developing and becoming the future of the franchise.