Ryan Suzuki, a first-round pick (No. 28) in the 2019 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $925,000, with a salary of $832,500 per season and a $277,500 signing bonus.
The 18-year-old center had 75 points (25 goals, 50 assists) in 65 games with Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League last season. He has 119 points (39 goals, 80 assists) in 129 OHL games and was an alternate captain last season.
"Ryan is a skilled center with strong playmaking ability," Carolina general manager Don Waddell said. "He's an exciting young player, and we believe he has a bright future in the NHL."
Suzuki (6-foot-1, 183 pounds) and Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov, the No. 2 selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, were teammates with Barrie in 2017-18. He is the younger brother of Vegas Golden Knights forward Nick Suzuki.