Hurricanes sign 1st-round pick Hanifin to 3-year deal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes have signed first-round draft pick Noah Hanifin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Under terms of the deal announced Saturday, the defenseman will make $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the minor leagues through the 2017-18 season. Hanifin also receives a $277,500 signing bonus.

The signing was announced after the team concluded its summer development camp for prospects.

General manager Ron Francis says Hanifin “had a great week” at the camp and “fits the mold for the type of player and person we want in a Hurricanes uniform.”

The Hurricanes selected the 18-year-old with the No. 5 overall pick in last month’s draft. He had five goals and 18 assists in 37 games as a freshman at Boston College this past season.

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