Carolina Hurricanes sign Noah Hanifin


On Saturday the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they have signed defenseman Noah Hanifin to an entry-level contract.

Hanifin’s contract will pay him $832,500 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL Included is a signing bonus for $277,500.

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“Noah has had a great week here during our prospect development camp,” general manager Ron Francis said. “He is big, he can skate and he can move the puck. Noah fits the mold for the type of player and person we want in a Hurricanes uniform.”

The former Boston College defenseman went 5th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. Most pundits expected him to return to BC instead of turning pro right out of the draft.

Last year with the Eagles he scored 5 goals and 18 assists in 37 games.

Curtis Joe of EliteProspects described Noah Hanifin as follows.

A dynamic two-way defenseman that has no holes in his game. An exceptionally strong skater who isn’t afraid to take the puck himself and move it up-ice. The confidence that he has in his abilities lets him thrive under heightened competitive levels. The skilled defenseman’s undeniably high level of hockey sense is showcased whenever he touches the puck in the offensive zone. Defensively, he is aggressive, constantly pushing for puck possession and a quick transition to offense, but at the same time steadfast, reliable, and patient. He is poised beyond his years and mature in his decision making. All-in-all, Noah Hanifin is the ideal all-around defenseman that leaves no area of his game untended./blockquote]

Now that Noah Hanifin has been inked to an NHL contract, it’s hard to believe that he won’t be playing in the NHL next season. The Hurricanes have stated that they’re going to see how he performs in the Traverse City prospects tournament in September and then in their NHL training camp.

If he’s not in the NHL next season, the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL own his CHL rights.

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