RALEIGH, NC - 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 goaltender Callum Booth on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Booth $650,000 on the NHL level in the first and second years of the contract, and $700,000 in the third year. On the American Hockey League (AHL) level, he will be paid $65,000 in the first two years, and $67,500 in the third year. He receives a signing bonus of $225,000.
"Callum has continued to progress in his development and is one of the top goaltenders in the Quebec League," said Francis. "He has an opportunity to play an important role in our organization's future between the pipes."
Booth, 19, currently ranks first in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in wins (31) and save percentage (.911, minimum 10 games) and sixth in goals-against average (2.59, minimum 10 games). He was acquired by Saint John from Quebec in December, and was named Goaltender of the Week for the entire Canadian Hockey League on Tuesday after posting a 2-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and .962 save percentage in two games for the Sea Dogs. He was the QMJHL's Goaltender of the Month for November, after going 5-1-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .926 save percentage for Quebec.
A fourth-round selection, 93rd overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft, Booth (6'4", 191 lbs.) is 81-58 with a 2.99 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 152 career QMJHL games for Quebec and Saint John. Saint John currently sits atop of the QMJHL standings, and Booth's teammates with the Sea Dogs include fellow Hurricanes prospects Julien Gauthier and Spencer Smallman.