The Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings each announced today they’ve signed draft picks to entry level deals.
The Hurricanes announced that Erik Karlsson — not to be confused with the Senators’ defenseman of the same name — has inked a three-year deal with the team. Ron Francis, in a Hurricanes release, said Karlsson adds to the team’s depth at forward, citing the winger’s speed as his best attribute.
Karlsson, a 19-year-old who has spent his entire junior and professional career with Frolunda, suited up for 51 games with Frolunda in 2013-14, tallying five goals and an assist. He also helped Sweden to a silver medal at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Los Angeles, at work stocking the cupboards even during the Western Conference Final, signed Valentin Zykov to a three-year entry-level deal.
A second round pick in 2013, Zykov’s two-way deal will kick in next season, and will likely see him in Manchester as early as October.
In 53 games last season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL, the 6’0″, 200 lb. winger registered 23 goals and 40 assists, and another 7 goals and 22 points in 22 playoff games.
I was watching Erikkson during World Juniors and he looks pretty good. He also plays well alongside Elias Lindholm, so I think he’ll make a nice addition to the team.
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