New Hampshire sophomore forward Andrew Poturalski became the first NCAA player to sign an NHL contract this afternoon when it was announced that the free agent had signed an entry-level deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
After a solid freshman season in which he scored 29 points, the Williamsville, NY native had a breakout season as a sophomore for the Wildcats. He is second in the NCAA in scoring with 22-30-52 in 37 games this season, trailing only Michigan's Kyle Connor.
Listed at 5'10" 190 lbs., Poturalski isn't big, but has a strong stick and is excellent at working his way into open areas on the power play and capitalizing on them. He led the nation with 24 points scored on the power play this season.
Poturalski signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes that will begin next season. He will finish this season on an amateur tryout contract with the Hurricanes AHL affiliate in Charlotte.