The Sabres gave Andrew Poturalski a taste of the NHL last summer. The Carolina Hurricanes are giving him an NHL career.
Carolina and the Williamsville native have agreed to a two-year contract that is worth up to $1.5 million. The 22-year-old forward signed with the Canes after finishing second in scoring in the NCAA, recording 52 points in 37 games for the University of New Hampshire.
"Andrew had an outstanding season with New Hampshire and attracted interest from numerous NHL teams, so we are thrilled that he chose Carolina to start his professional career,” Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis said. “He’s a smart hockey player with really good speed and skill."
Poturalski will report to the Hurricanes' American Hockey League team in Charlotte on an amateur tryout. His two-year deal will kick in next season. His NHL salary will be worth $700,000 in 2016-17 and $832,500 the following year. His minor-league salary is $70,000.
Poturalski, a graduate of the Nichols School, scored 22 goals and added 30 assists this season as a sophomore. Following a freshman year that included 14 goals, Poturalski attended the Sabres' development camp.