Chase Priskie, who led NCAA Division I defensemen in goals last season, agreed to a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. It has an average annual value of $832,500.
"Chase was one of the best defensemen in college hockey last season," Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said. "We believe he has a bright future in the NHL and we're thrilled that he has chosen to come to Carolina."
Priskie had 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 36 games with Quinnipiac last season and led NCAA Division I defensemen in power-play goals (10) and game-winning goals (five). The 23-year-old was named a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in Division I.
Priskie (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) had 116 points (39 goals, 77 assists) in 154 games during four seasons at Quinnipiac and was captain in his junior and senior seasons.
The native of Pembroke Pines, Florida, was selected by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (No. 177) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He did not sign with the Capitals and became a free agent Aug. 15.