Noah Hanifin talks with reporters after he completed his hockey testing at the NHL Combine, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Gary Wiepert
July 11, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have signed first-round draft pick Noah Hanifin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Under terms of the deal announced Saturday, the defenseman will make $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the minor leagues through the 2017-18 season. Hanifin also receives a $277,500 signing bonus.

The signing was announced after the team concluded its summer development camp for prospects.

General manager Ron Francis says Hanifin ''had a great week'' at the camp and ''fits the mold for the type of player and person we want in a Hurricanes uniform.''

The Hurricanes selected the 18-year-old with the No. 5 overall pick in last month's draft. He had five goals and 18 assists in 37 games as a freshman at Boston College this past season.

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