On Tuesday, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis announced that the team has re-signed restricted free agent center Victor Rask to a six-year, $24 million contract extension.
Rask, 23, has played two seasons with the Hurricanes after previously playing for the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. During the 2015-16 regular season, Rask played in 80 games for the Hurricanes, compiling 21 goals and 48 points– each of which were career highs for the Swedish-born center.
In two seasons with the Hurricanes, Rask has played in 160 games, while tallying 32 goals and 81 points. “He is a big part of this team’s present and future, and we are thrilled to sign him to a longer-term deal,” Francis said when speaking about the importance of Rask to the Hurricanes.
After arriving in North America from Sweden, Rask played two seasons for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, appearing in scoring 47 goals and 57 assists in 101 games. Rask was originally drafted by the Hurricanes 42nd overall in the 2011 Entry Draft.