– Ron Francis
, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Josh Wesley
on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Wesley $575,000 in the NHL or $60,000 in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2016-17. He will be paid $650,000 in the NHL or $65,000 in the AHL during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, and receives a signing bonus of $210,000.
“Josh has continued to progress in his development,” said Francis. “He played very well for Niagara in the playoffs and is ready to begin his professional hockey career.”
Wesley, 20, totaled 18 points (5g, 13a) and registered a plus-7 rating in 57 regular-season games for Flint and Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2015-16. He led the Ice Dogs in plus/minus (+8) during the 2016 OHL playoffs, totaling four points (2g, 2a) in 17 games as Niagara advanced to the OHL Final before falling to eventual Memorial Cup champion London. Wesley (6’3”, 200 lbs.) completed his junior hockey career with 37 points (11g, 26a) and 164 penalty minutes in 188 regular-season games with Plymouth, Flint and Niagara.
Born in Hartford, CT, but raised in Raleigh, Wesley is a product of the Junior Hurricanes and United States National Team Development Program systems. He was selected by Carolina in the fourth round, 96th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft. He is the son of former Hurricanes defenseman and current Director of Defensemen Development Glen Wesley.