The Carolina Hurricanes on Friday put a bow on their 2015 draft class, signing Peterborough Petes forward Steven Lorentz to an entry-level contract. With Lorentz’s signing, the Canes have now signed all of the players that faced a June 1 signing deadline before they returned to the draft in 2017.
Lorentz, the Canes’ seventh-round pick in 2015, is finishing his fourth season with Peterborough and has steadily climbed the offensive ranks with the Petes. From a rookie season with just 18 points, Lorentz has become an increasingly dangerous scorer, setting career highs with 29 goals and 61 points in 66 games this season. He has scored at a goal-per-game clip in the playoffs, with nine goals through the first two rounds in sweeps of Niagara and Kingston plus another marker last night in the Petes’ 5-3 loss to Mississauga.
The only two remaining unsigned players from the 2015 draft class are Luke Stevens (Yale) and David Cotton (Boston College), who have until their NCAA eligibility runs out in 2020 to sign with Carolina.
The release from the team is below.
CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH STEVEN LORENTZ
Forward is among goal-scoring leaders during OHL Playoffs
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.
“Steven took a big step forward this season with Peterborough, and has earned an opportunity to continue his development with our organization” said Francis.
Lorentz, 21, ranked tied for second among Peterborough Petes skaters with a career-high 29 goals during his fourth Ontario Hockey League (OHL) season in 2016-17. The Kitchener, Ont., native also established career highs in assists (32), points (61) and plus/minus (+12), serving as Peterborough’s alternate captain and helping the Petes earn the top record in the Eastern Conference during the regular season. Lorentz (6’4”, 201 lbs.) ranks fourth in the league in playoff goals (9), despite having played just eight games in the first two rounds as Peterborough swept Niagara and Kingston to reach the Eastern Conference Final. Peterborough dropped Game 1 of its Eastern Conference Final series against Mississauga on Thursday, with Lorentz factoring on all three of the Petes’ goals.
The Hurricanes’ seventh-round selection, 186th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft, Lorentz is a finalist for the Ontario Hockey League’s Leo Lalonde Trophy as the league’s top overage player. He concluded his regular-season OHL career with 164 points (75g, 89a) in 247 games, all with Peterborough.