The Carolina Hurricanes signed 2012 second-round pick Phil Di Giuseppe to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Wednesday.
Di Giuseppe, a 20-year-old forward who was the 38th pick in 2012, will forego his senior season at the University of Michigan. He had 11 goals and 26 points in 40 games for the Wolverines in 2013-14, who did not make the NCAA tournament after being upset by Penn State University in the opening round of the inaugural Big Ten tournament.
"We're pleased that Phil has chosen to begin his professional hockey career," Hurricanes Vice President of Hockey Operations Ron Francis said. "He's got good size, and adds to our organization's depth at forward."
Listed at 6-feet and 197 pounds, Di Giuseppe was ranked as the Hurricanes' No. 6 prospect before the season by NHL.com. The contract begins next season and runs through 2016-17, so he will likely spend the rest of this campaign with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.