Carolina Hurricanes sign prospect Drayson Bowman to three-year deal

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes think teenager Drayson Bowman might be ready to play in the NHL.

The Hurriances signed Bowman to a US$2.06-million, three-year contract on Wednesday and will give him a chance to make the team in training camp.

The 19-year-old had 82 points (42-40) in 66 games for the Spokane Chiefs last season before helping them win the WHL Championship. He then had six goals in four games as the Chiefs captured the Memorial Cup.

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“Drayson had an outstanding season capped off by a strong performance in helping Spokane win the Memorial Cup,” said Hurricanes assistant GM Ron Francis. “He is an excellent goal-scorer with good hockey sense and is capable of competing for a spot on our roster as early as this fall.”

He has one year of junior eligibility left if he fails to crack Carolina’s roster.