Thursday, June 01, 2006

Peters signs three-year deal with Carolina

Plymouth Whalers goaltender Justin Peters signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes just one day before the deadline to sign 2004 North American draft picks.

Peters came to Plymouth from the Toronto St. Michael's Majors last December in a deal for fellow goalie Ryan Nie.

Carolina selected Peters in the second round (38th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Blyth, Ont., native attended the Hurricanes’ training camp in 2005 prior to returning to the OHL. In 55 regular-season OHL games with Toronto and Plymouth, Peters recorded a 29-21-4 record and a 3.14 goals-against average. In 13 playoff games with Plymouth, Peters went 6-6-1 with a 3.20 goals-against average before Plymouth lost in the second round to Guelph.

In 189 regular-season OHL games from 2002-03 to 2005-06, Peters, 19, posted a 2.88 goals-against average and a 88-70-16 record.

He receives a $400,000 signing bonus with his three-year contract that will pay him $450,000 at the NHL level in 2006-07 and $475,000 at the NHL level in the following two seasons. In the minors, Peters will earn $50,000 per year for the first two years of the contract, and $60,000 in the third year.

Carolina press release
Whalers bio

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