Rasmus Rissanen, a native of Finland who was drafted in the sixth round by Carolina in 2009 and played the past two seasons with the WHL's Everett Silvertips, signed an entry-level deal with the Carolina Hurricanes that will pay him $525,000 a year at the NHL level and $55,000 a year in the minors. The 19-year-old defenseman also received a $150,000 signing bonus.
Rissanen served as an alternate captain with the Silvertips this season and also played for Finland at the year's World Junior Championship. Hurricanes director of media relations Mike Sundheim tweeted that Rissanen will report to the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina's AHL affiliate. The release from the Hurricanes is after the jump.
Canes Sign Rasmus Rissanen to Entry-Level Contract
Carolina selected defenseman in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Rasmus Rissanen (RAS-mus RIH-sa-nehn) on a three-year, entry-level contract. Beginning with the 2011-12 season, the contract will pay Rissanen $525,000 per season at the NHL level or $55,000 per season at the minor-league level. Rissanen receives a $150,000 signing bonus as a part of the contract.
"Rasmus is a big, physical defenseman who skates very well and plays a consistently reliable game," said Karmanos. "With his physical tools, work ethic and aggressive play, he projects as a shutdown defenseman."
Rissanen, 19, completed his second season with Everett of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2010-11, totaling 12 points (1g, 11a) and 89 penalty minutes in 68 games. The Kuopio, Finland, native shared the Silvertips team lead in goal scoring during the WHL playoffs, netting a pair of goals during Everett’s first-round loss to Portland. In two seasons of junior hockey with Everett, Rissanen (6’2", 202 lbs.) totaled five goals, 22 assists (27 points) and 192 penalty minutes in 139 games played.
In addition to his time with Everett, Rissanen has gained experience in international play, most recently representing his home country of Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship. He also played for Finland at the 2008 U-18 World Championship, helping the Finns upset Canada to win the bronze medal.
— Terrell Williams