The Carolina Hurricanes have signed one of their intriguing young forwards, inking Stelio Mattheos to a three-year entry-level contract. Mattheos played this season for the Brandon Wheat Kings, who unfortunately did not qualify for the WHL playoffs. That’s good news for the Charlotte Checkers though, who will get Mattheos on an amateur tryout for the rest of this season, while his NHL deal will kick in for 2019-20. Hurricanes GM Don Waddell explained what he likes about his newest forward:
Stelio is a highly-skilled center coming off back-to-back 90-point seasons in Brandon. He’s shown great ability as a goal scorer and we look forward to the next steps in his development.
The 19-year old Mattheos was selected in the third round of the 2017 draft, and broke out last season for the Wheat Kings. Scoring 43 goals and 90 points he immediately seemed like a steal for the Hurricanes, and this year has only proven it further. With another 96 points he finished sixth in WHL scoring and his 44 goals trailed only three others for the league lead. The talented forward also was among the best faceoff men in the league, winning nearly 55% of his draws.
Carolina has a glut of exciting prospects coming through their system, and Mattheos will be joining the best team in the AHL for a Calder Cup run. While he may not get into a ton of action for the Checkers, he’ll get a taste of what’s necessary at the professional level and be ready to make a big impact next season. Goal scoring has long been an issue for the Hurricanes at the NHL level, but they’ll only need a couple of their talented prospects to click in order to change that and push them even closer to Stanley Cup contention.