Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Eetu Luostarinen to a three-year, entry-level contract, beginning with the 2019-20 season. At the NHL level, Luostarinen will be paid $750,000 in 2019-20 and $832,500 in 2020-21 and 2021-22. The deal pays him $70,000 annually at the AHL level and he receives a signing bonus of $277,500.
“Eetu has already played three professional seasons in Finland and managed to increase his production every year,” said Waddell. “We’re excited to see what he can bring to our organization.”
Luostarinen, 20, registered 36 points (15g, 21a) in 54 Liiga games with KalPa in 2018-19. Among his teammates, Luostarinen ranked tied for first in goals in second in points. The 6’3″, 178-pound forward also finished tied for second among all Liiga skaters in game-winning goals (7). Luostarinen played in four games for Finland in the 2019 IIHF World Championship, helping his home country win gold for the first time since 2011. He has posted 63 points (24g, 39a) in 141 career regular-season Liiga games for KalPa from 2016-19, and he has added six points (2g, 4a) in 23 career playoff games. The Siilinjarvi, Finland, native was drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round, 42nd overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft.