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Hurricanes agree to terms with Aho

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Forward Sebastian Aho agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

Aho, 18, will make $832,500 in the NHL or $70,000 in the American Hockey League and received a signing bonus of $277,500, according to the Hurricanes.

The 35th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Aho was named to Team Finland's roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1. 

"Sebastian is regarded as one of the top prospects in hockey and is ready to begin his North American career," Hurricanes executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. "He had a tremendous season as an 18-year-old playing against men in Finland's top league, and was outstanding in international competitions including the recent World Championship. He will play an important role for the Hurricanes moving forward."

Aho spent the past two seasons playing with Karpat of the Finnish Liiga, Finland's top professional league. He had 45 points in 45 regular-season games this season, and scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Liiga's Kanada-malja final in 2015 to give Karpat its second consecutive league championship.

Aho also played internationally for Finland, winning a gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, where his 14 points in seven games were second in tournament scoring behind teammate Jesse Puljujarvi (17). He also won a silver medal at the 2016 World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, where he had three goals and seven points in 10 games.

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