Apr 23, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed free-agent defenseman Beau Schmitz to a three-year, entry-level contract according to the team.
The deal will pay Schmitz $525,000 per year at the NHL level, or $50,000 per year at the minor-league level, as well as a $50,000 signing bonus.
“Beau had an exceptional overage season with Plymouth,” said Jason Karmanos, the Canes' vice president and assistant general manager. “His game matured both offensively and defensively, and we are excited to add a character individual like him to our organization.”
Schmitz, 21, completed his fourth season of major-junior hockey in 2011-12, leading all Plymouth Whalers defensemen in goals (14), assists (40) and points (54). He ranked tied for third among all Ontario Hockey League (OHL) skaters with a plus-37 plus/minus rating, while playing in 62 of Plymouth’s 68 regular-season games.
The Howell, MI, native served as the Whalers’ captain in 2011-12, after spending 2010-11 as one of the team’s alternate captains. He was named the OHL Player of the Week for Dec. 26-Jan. 1, when he posted four goals, one assist (5 points) and a plus-8 rating – including a hat trick on Dec. 31 at Windsor – in Plymouth’s three games.
In four seasons with Plymouth, Schmitz (5’10”, 193 lbs.) scored 35 goals, earned 116 assists (151 points) and accumulated 350 penalty minutes in 244 career OHL regular-season games. He played for the Hurricanes’ squads at the NHL Prospects’ Tournament in Traverse City, MI, in 2010 and 2011.
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Except for the fact that NC State basketball is there.
Then what do you consider not "boring?" Soccer? Basketball? Two pansy sports that are nowhere near as fast.
Also, impressive stats on the kid, but those are all junior numbers. Let him sit in the AHL for a season then we'll look at him again. Defensemen can rarely make the jump to the NHL right away.