The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms Tuesday with University of New Hampshire forward Andrew Poturalski on a two-year, entry-level contract.
Poturalski, a 22-year-old sophomore, was second in the NCAA with 52 points in 37 games this season. He led New Hampshire in points and goals (22), and was tied for first in power-play goals (eight).
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward will spend the rest of this season with Charlotte, the Hurricanes' American Hockey League affiliate, on an amateur tryout contract. Poturalski's contract starts next season, and will pay him $700,000 if he's in the NHL in 2016-17 or $70,000 if he's in the AHL. He'll make $832,500 if he's in the NHL in 2017-18 and $70,000 if he's in the AHL.
"Andrew had an outstanding season with New Hampshire and attracted interest from numerous NHL teams so we are thrilled that he chose Carolina to start his professional career," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "He's a smart hockey player with really good speed and skill."