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Hurricanes sign Rees to entry-level contract, AHL start date announced

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For the second day in a row, the Hurricanes have locked in one of their prospects.

Sarnia Sting v Windsor Spitfires Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images

Another day, another Hurricanes prospect signed. The team announced todays that it signed Jamieson Rees, a 2019 second-round pick, to his three-year, entry-level contract.

The deal will pay Rees, the 44th overall pick in his draft, $700,000 at the NHL level in 2020-21, $750,000 in 2021-22 and $832,500. It will pay him $70,000 at the AHL level each year, with a signing bonus of $277,500.

Per the NHL/CHL agreement, Rees won’t be eligible to play in the AHL for another year. Last season with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL, he posted 18 goals and 61 points in 39 games. For more on Rees, check out our recent profile as part of our top 25 under 25 series here.

In more prospect news, while details are still being worked out, there will indeed be an AHL regular season in 2021, with a Feb. 6 puck drop:

Carolina will begin its new affiliation with the Chicago Wolves this season. Canes Country will have more details on the AHL season as they become available.

The official release from the team on the Rees signing follows:

‘CANES SIGN JAMIESON REES TO ENTRY-LEVEL DEAL

Center recorded 61 points in 39 OHL games in 2019-20

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed center Jamieson Rees to a three-year, entry-level contract. At the NHL level, the deal will pay Rees $700,000 in 2020-21, $750,000 in 2021-22 and $832,500 in 2022-23. The deal will pay Rees $70,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level for all three seasons, and he will receive a signing bonus of $277,500.

“Jamieson is a skilled center with strong playmaking ability,” said Waddell. “He made major strides in his development last season, and we’re looking forward to his next steps.”

Rees, 19, tallied 61 points (18g, 43a) in 39 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) games with the Sarnia Sting in 2019-20. The 5’10”, 182-pound forward ranked tied for fourth in the OHL in shorthanded goals (5) and 11th in points per game (1.56) last season. Rees has registered 113 points (33g, 80a) in 122 career OHL games with Sarnia. The Hamilton, Ont., native represented Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, posting eight points (2g, 6a) in seven games and leading the team in assists. Rees was drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round, 44th overall, of the 2019 NHL Draft.