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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina draft picks to begin professional careers


RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Brett Carson and goaltenders Daniel Manzato and Justin Peters. Carson and Peters will begin their North American professional careers in 2006-07, while Manzato’s deal allows him to play in either North America or Europe next season.

The Hurricanes selected Carson with their fourth pick, 109th overall, in the fourth-round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Regina, Sask., native completed the 2005-06 season with Calgary of the Western Hockey League, posting 11 goals and 29 assists (40 points) while playing in all 72 of the Hitmen’s regular-season games. He finished the season ranked tied 13th among WHL defenseman in scoring and recorded a plus-13 plus/minus rating while accumulating 62 penalty minutes. In 268 regular-season WHL games with Moose Jaw and Calgary, Carson (6’ 5”, 220 lbs.) notched 28 goals and 82 assists (110 points) and accumulated 204 penalty minutes and a plus-45 rating from 2001-02 to 2005-06. Carson, 20, receives a $125,000 signing bonus with his three-year contract that will pay him $450,000 at the NHL level in 2006-07, $475,000 at the NHL level in the following two seasons, or $50,000 each season at the minor league level.

Manzato, Carolina’s third choice (160th overall) in the fifth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, posted a 2.63 goals-against average and a 16-14-9 record with Basel of the Swiss league. In 2004-05 with Ambri of the Swiss league, Manzato (6’ 0”, 178 lbs.) recorded a 13-8-3 record and a 2.66 goals-against average in 25 games. In three seasons with Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2003-04, the Fribourg, Switzerland, native recorded a 50-39-7 regular-season record, and a 3.45 goals against average in 109 games. Manzato receives a $100,000 signing bonus with his two-year contract that will pay him $475,000 per year at the NHL level or $70,300 at the minor-league level. His contract includes a European Assignment Clause that allows him to be assigned to his Swiss team (Basel) for the 2006-07 season.

Carolina selected Peters in the second round, 38th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Blyth, Ont., native attended the Hurricanes’ training camp in 2005 prior to returning to the Ontario Hockey League. In 55 regular-season OHL games with Toronto-St. Michael’s and Plymouth, Peters (6’ 2”, 215 lbs.) recorded a 29-21-4 record and a 3.14 goals-against average. In 13 playoff games with Plymouth, Peters went 6-6-1 with a 3.20 goals-against average before Plymouth lost in the second round to Guelph. In 189 regular-season OHL games from 2002-03 to 2005-06, Peters, 19, posted a 2.88 goals-against average and a 88-70-16 record. He receives a $400,000 signing bonus with his three-year contract that will pay him $450,000 at the NHL level in 2006-07 and $475,000 at the NHL level in the following two seasons. In the minors, Peters will earn $50,000 per year for the first two years of the contract, and $60,000 in the third year.

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