The Carolina Hurricanes have resigned two more important prospects, Brody Sutter and Justin Krueger, to two-way contracts, adding to the list of important off-season negotiations the Hurricanes' organization has completed. Sutter and Krueger each had impressive seasons in their respective leagues last season and both look to continue on past success in the upcoming 2012-2013 season. The news comes quickly after the team failed to close a deal with goaltender Frederik Andersen, who will now enter the 2012 NHL Draft.
Brody Sutter was drafted in the seventh round (193 overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Sutter led the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in scoring in the 2011-12 season with 30 goals and 30 assists (60 total points) in 65 games. He saw some time with the Carolina Hurricanes' American Hockey League affiliate Charlotte Checkers at the end of the 2011-2012 season, and should look to see more time their in the upcoming season. The Hurricanes signed Brody Sutter to a three-year, entry-level contract worth $525,000 per season at the NHL level, or $55,000 per season at the minor-league level. The deal also includes a $105,000 signing bonus. Sutter finished his junior hockey career with 57 goals and 68 assists (125 total points) in 231 games with both Lethbridge and Saskatoon.
Justin Krueger signed a one-year contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level or $90,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level for the 2012-13 season, with a guarantee of at least $105,000. Krueger played in his first full professional season in 2011-2012 for the Charlotte Checkers, scoring two goals and adding 11 assists (13 total points) in 58 games played. He led the team in plus/minus with a +16 rating. Before joining the Charlotte Checkers last season, Justin Krueger played one season with SC Bern in the Swiss National League in 2010-11, scoring one goal and adding 10 assists (11 total points) in 50 games played. Kruger was drafted in the seventh round, 213 overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft after spending four years playing for Cornell.
Both players have the ability to play at the NHL level, and have made contributions at the AHL level already in their young careers. Carolina Hurricanes' fans should look for both players to consistently play for the Charlotte Checkers in the 2012-2013 season and potentially see time at the NHL level in the near future.
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