On Friday, Steven Lorentz put the pen to paper and inked an entry-level deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes drafted the 21-year-old Ontario native in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL draft. Lorentz is currently the alternate captain for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Lorentz scored 29 goals and 61 points in 66 games with the Petes this season. He is flaunting a goal-per-game pace during Peterborough’s current playoff run. The six-foot center notched three points last night in a loss to the Mississauga Steelheads. The Petes find themselves down 1-0 in the third round of the OHL playoffs.
It is unlikely that Lorentz will crack the opening day roster in Raleigh next season. However, he adds yet another piece to a deep and growing Carolina prospect pool. Contract details from the official team press release are below. Full release can be found here.
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Steven Lorentz on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Lorentz $650,000 on the NHL level in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and $700,000 in 2019-20. On the American Hockey League (AHL) level, he would earn $60,000 per year. Lorentz receives a signing bonus of $185,000.