The Carolina Hurricanes have inked another prospect, this time signing Jesper Sellgren to a three-year entry-level contract. Sellgren is currently with the Charlotte Checkers on a professional tryout.
Sellgren, 20, was selected by the Hurricanes in the sixth round of the 2018 draft but made an impressive jump to the SHL this season. Despite his small stature, the left-handed defenseman played a full-time role for Lulea HF and recorded 15 points in 52 games. He joined the Checkers in the middle of their Calder Cup playoff run, and has two goals in seven games.
Despite not being drafted the first time around and ranking low on many prospect lists, there is a good chance that Sellgren can make an impact at the professional level. His calling card is his hockey IQ, as he makes quick decisive reads with the puck and away from it to put himself in the best situations he can. While that may not translate into an impact NHL defender, the Hurricanes organization has turned the corner with their development system and now pride themselves on putting an upper echelon product on the ice in Charlotte as well.
That’s not to say there is zero chance of Sellgren developing into an NHL contributor, but he’ll have to take the next few steps towards that in the minor leagues next season. That is, unless the Hurricanes feel as though he can do more going back to Sweden. Even under contract he can be loaned back to the SHL, but that will likely be dependent on how deep the Carolina/Charlotte defense group is going into next season. Several young minor league/fringe defensemen including Trevor Carrick, Roland McKeown, Josh Wesley and Haydn Fleury are all restricted free agents this summer and need new contracts.