The Hurricanes have locked one of their prospects up for the next two years, announcing that they have re-signed winger Valentin Zykov to a two-year contract. The deal is worth the league minimum in each season, $650K in 2018-19 and $700K in 2019-20 for an AAV of $675K.
Last season, the 23-year-old spent most of the season with Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte where he finished first on the team in goals (33) and second in points (54) in 63 games. He also suited up in ten games with the big club and fared quite well, posting three goals and four assists while playing 13:47 per night.
The Hurricanes acquired Zykov back in February of 2016 as part of the return for winger Kris Versteeg and the 2013 second-rounder (37th overall) has since emerged as one of their more intriguing offensive prospects. As he is no longer waiver-exempt, it’s expected that Zykov will push for a full-time spot with Carolina next season.