The Carolina Hurricanes have signed 2020 draft pick Ronan Seeley to a three-year entry-level contract. The young defenseman impressed in his shortened WHL season and has now earned himself his first NHL contract. Carolina GM Don Waddell released a statement explaining why they signed him:
Despite two shortened seasons in the WHL, Seeley’s progression has been terrific. His ability to transport the puck and play fast defensively is what we’re looking for in our defensemen. We’re excited to watch him continue his development in our organization for another three years.
It’s not often that seventh-round picks get entry-level contracts less than a year after they are selected, but that’s exactly what Seeley has done since being the 208th overall pick last October. The 19-year-old defenseman played 23 games with the Everett Silvertips in 2020-21 and registered 17 points, good enough for fifth on the entire team. Now, not only was he part of the development camp but Seeley is also on the Hurricanes roster for the NHL training camp.
Even though he signed his entry-level deal today, Seeley will head back to the WHL for his fourth season in Everett as he does not yet qualify for the AHL. That should give him a chance to truly dominate, if last year’s shortened campaign is any indication of how far he has come even since his draft. He was ranked 75th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting heading into the 2020 draft, but has already shown he should have been picked higher than the seventh round. Earlier this summer, he was even invited to Team Canada’s World Junior development camp, meaning he even has an outside chance at representing his country this winter.