RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Lucas Wallmark to a three-year, entry-level contract. On the NHL level, the deal will pay Wallmark $575,000 in 2015-16, $600,000 in 2016-17 and $650,000 in 2017-18. Wallmark receives $65,000 per season on the American Hockey League (AHL) level and a signing bonus of $225,000.
“Lucas has good hockey sense and can contribute in all three zones in different situations,” said Francis. “We are pleased that he has chosen to continue his professional development in our organization.”
Wallmark, 19, totaled five goals and 13 assists (18 points) in 50 games with Lulea of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in 2014-15, all of which were career bests in Sweden’s top league. The Umea, Sweden, native led Lulea in playoff scoring, registering five assists during the team’s first-round series loss to Frolunda. Wallmark (6’0”, 176 lbs.) also represented Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship, ranking tied for first among Swedish skaters in goals (4) and plus/minus (+3), and totaling six points in seven games.
The Hurricanes selected Wallmark in the fourth round, 97th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft. He has competed in eight major international tournaments for his home country, winning silver alongside current Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.