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Canes sign first-rounders Bean, Gauthier to entry-level deals

They're matching three-year deals, which pay $832,500 at the NHL level and $70,000 in the AHL. Both players also received a signing bonus of $277,500.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

The Carolina Hurricanes have locked up a pair of their 2016 draft picks.

Both defenceman Jake Bean and forward Julien Gauthier have signed their entry-level contracts, the club announced on Saturday.

Bean, the Canes’ first-round selection, 13th overall, gets a three-year deal, which carries a $925,000 cap hit. The blue liner’s deal includes a $277,500 signing bonus.

“It was great having Jake here for our development camp this week, and getting to know him better as a person and player,” said Canes’ GM Ron Francis. “He has a bright future in our organization and we are looking forward to seeing him again at the rookie tournament and during training camp.”

The 18-year-old scored 24 goals and 40 assists in 68 regular season games with the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen in 2015-16. The Calgary native ranked first among WHL blue liners with 24 goals and tied for first among league defensemen with 12 power-play goals. The 6-foot-1, 173-pounder set a Hitmen record for a rookie defenceman when he registered 39 points during the 2014-15 season.

Gauthier, selected 21st overall by Carolina last month, gets a similar three-year deal with a cap hit of $925,000 and a signing bonus of $277,500.

The 18-year-old Quebec native led the QMJHL’s Val d’Or Foreurs, and finished tied for sixth in the league, with 41 goals in 54 regular-season games this past season.

“For an 18-year-old, Julien already has the body of a professional hockey player,” said Francis. “He had a great week in Raleigh for development camp, and will play an important role in the Hurricanes’ future.”

The 6-foot-4, 224-pound forward was the lone draft-eligible player on Team Canada at the 2016 world juniors where he recorded two assists in five games.

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