Hurricanes sign New Hampshire star to contract, assign him to Charlotte

Andrew Poturalski.

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed forward Andrew Poturalski on a two-year, entry-level contract and assigned him to the Charlotte Checkers on an amateur tryout for the rest of the 2015-16 season.

Poturalski, 22, of Williamsville, New York, ranked second in the NCAA in scoring at the conclusion of his second season for the University of New Hampshire, totaling 52 points (22g, 30a) in 37 games.

“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,” said Ron Francis, executive vice president and general manager of the Hurricanes. “He’s a smart hockey player with really good speed and skill.”

The deal will pay Poturalski $700,000 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level in 2016-17, and $832,500 in the NHL or $70,000 in the minor leagues in 2017-18. He will also receive a signing bonus of $185,000.

The Hurricanes host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday at PNC Arena (7 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).

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