The Carolina Hurricanes, out of playoff contention, will have a new face in their lineup today.
Union College forward Jeremy Welsh signed a one-year contract with Carolina on Thursday night after Union’s loss to Ferris State in the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa.
Welsh, 23, will be paid $832,500 on the NHL level and $70,000 on the AHL level. The Bayfield, Ont., native received a signing bonus of $92,500. "Big forward," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said of Welsh, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds and scored 27 goals in 40 games this season. "He plays a power game. He plays a game where he wants to be physical. He wants to be on the puck, he’s aggressive. "He quarterbacked the power play on the point, but what I like is his size and his physical presence."
It has been quite an eventful week for Welsh, losing out on a chance to win a national championship with his college team and then making his NHL debut in a span of three days. "I’m sure he’s going through an emotional rollercoaster," Muller said.
Sat, Apr 7, 2012 10:29:00 AM