Andrei Svechnikov agreed to an eight-year, $62 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. It has an average annual value of $7.75 million through the 2028-29 season.
The 21-year-old forward was a restricted free agent. He scored 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) in 55 games last season, tied for third on the Hurricanes with defenseman Dougie Hamilton (10 goals, 32 assists).
“Andrei is one of the cornerstones of this organization, and we are thrilled to reach a long-term commitment to keep him here,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. “He is one of the brightest rising stars in our sport, and will play a key role in our efforts to bring the Stanley Cup to the Triangle this decade.”
Svechnikov helped Carolina finish first in the Discover Central Division (36-12-8) last season and scored eight points (two goals, six assists) in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Hurricanes lost the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Second Round in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Selected by Carolina with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Svechnikov has scored 140 points (59 goals, 81 assists) in 205 regular-season games and 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 26 playoff games.
Svechnikov ranks first among players selected in the 2018 draft in points, is second in goals, one behind forward Brady Tkachuk of the Ottawa Senators, and third in assists behind defensemen Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres (89) and Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks (86).
The Hurricanes previously signed goalies Frederik Andersen (two years) and Antti Raanta (two years), forwards Jordan Martinook (three years), Derek Stepan (one year) and Josh Leivo (one year), and defensemen Tony DeAngelo (one year), Ian Cole (one year) and Brendan Smith (one year).
Hamilton agreed to a seven-year, $63 million contract ($9 million AAV) with the New Jersey Devils on July 28.