RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Jeremy Helvig on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Helvig $650,000 on the NHL level in 2018-19 and $700,000 in 2019-20 and 2020-21. On the American Hockey League (AHL) level, he will be paid $67,500 in 2018-19, and $70,000 in 2019-20 and 2020-21. Helvig receives a signing bonus of $235,000.
"Jeremy is a big netminder who is having a very strong season with Kingston," said Ricky Olczyk, assistant general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. "We wish him success in the playoffs and look forward to monitoring his development when he begins his professional career next year."
Helvig, 20, went 31-16-9 in his fourth season with the Ontario Hockey League's Kingston Frontenacs in 2017-18, posting a goals-against average of 2.68 and a .916 save percentage. The Markham, Ont., native ranked second among league netminders in goals-against average and save percentage (minimum 40 games) leading Kingston to a second-place finish in the East Division and a berth in the OHL Playoffs. Helvig (6'4", 207 lbs.) was named Goaltender of the Week for the entire Canadian Hockey League (CHL) on Jan. 30, after posting a 3-0-0 record with a goals-against average of 1.63 and a .942 save percentage in games against Oshawa, Ottawa and Peterborough. The Frontenacs play Game 3 of their first-round series against North Bay tonight, with the series currently tied 1-1.
The Hurricanes selected Helvig in the fifth round, 134th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft. Helvig went 81-41-19 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 156 career regular-season games for Kingston, and is the Frontenacs' all-time leader in victories and shutouts (10). He was teammates in Kingston with current Hurricanes players Roland McKeown and Warren Foegele.