The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the signing of 2016 fifth-round draft pick, goaltender Jeremy Helvig, to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will start next season (2018-19) and run through the 2020-21 season.
Helvig is nearing the end of his junior hockey career with the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs. He and his team are in the midst of their first-round playoff matchup with the North Bay Battalion.
2017-18 was Helvig’s best statistical season as a full-time starter. In 56 games, he posted a .916 save percentage to go with a 2.68 goals against average. In ‘15-16, with just 27 appearances, he had a .929 save percentage and 2.13 goals against average.
Over his four-season career with the Frontenacs, the 20-year-old goalie had a regular season record of 81-41-19 and ten shutouts. He set a franchise record in wins and shutouts.
Hurricanes rookies Roland McKeown and Warren Foegele, who scored a goal in his NHL debut on Monday, were both teammates with Helvig in Kingston at different points.
The Markham, Ontario native now joins Alex Nedeljkovic and Callum Booth as goalie prospects that are under contract with the team. The three youngsters will compete for jobs in Charlotte (AHL) and Florida (ECHL) next season.
The team’s official news release is below.
he Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Jeremy Helvig on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Helvig $650,000 on the NHL level in 2018-19 and $700,000 in 2019-20 and 2020-21. On the American Hockey League (AHL) level, he will be paid $67,500 in 2018-19, and $70,000 in 2019-20 and 2020-21. Helvig receives a signing bonus of $235,000.
”Jeremy is a big netminder who is having a very strong season with Kingston,” said Ricky Olczyk, assistant general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. ”We wish him success in the playoffs and look forward to monitoring his development when he begins his professional career next year.”
Helvig, 20, went 31-16-9 in his fourth season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs in 2017-18, posting a goals-against average of 2.68 and a .916 save percentage. The Markham, Ont., native ranked second among league netminders in goals-against average and save percentage (minimum 40 games) leading Kingston to a second-place finish in the East Division and a berth in the OHL Playoffs. Helvig (6’4”, 207 lbs.) was named Goaltender of the Week for the entire Canadian Hockey League (CHL) on Jan. 30, after posting a 3-0-0 record with a goals-against average of 1.63 and a .942 save percentage in games against Oshawa, Ottawa and Peterborough. The Frontenacs play Game 3 of their first-round series against North Bay tonight, with the series currently tied 1-1.
The Hurricanes selected Helvig in the fifth round, 134th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft. Helvig went 81-41-19 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 156 career regular-season games for Kingston, and is the Frontenacs’ all-time leader in victories and shutouts (10). He was teammates in Kingston with current Hurricanes players Roland McKeown and Warren Foegele.