the Carolina Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis just announced that they have signed goaltender Callum Booth to his three-year entry-level contract. The contract will pay Booth $650,000 on the National Hockey League level in the first two years of the deal and $700,000 in the third year. At the American Hockey League level, he will be paid $65,000 the first two years and $67,500 in the third year. They also gave him a signing bonus of $225,000.
Here are some quotes from Ron Francis about Booth.
“He has an opportunity to play an important role in our organization’s future between the pipes.”
“Callum had continued to progress in his development and is one of the top goaltenders in the Quebec League.”
Callum Booth is 19 years old and ranks first in the QMJHL in wins with 31 and save percentage with .911 and is sixth in goals against average at 2.59. He was picked up by Saint John from Quebec in December. He was the QMJHL’s goaltender of the month for November with a 5-1-1 record. He posted a 2.77 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.
Callum Booth was a fourth round selection, 93rd overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He has a big frame at 6’4″ and weighs 191 pounds.
Here is a scouting report from Sports Forecaster
|Assets:||Owns a very good frame (6-3, 201 pounds) with plenty of athleticism for the goaltending position. Has the ability to make the spectacular save look routine.|
|Flaws:||Needs to become more consistent over time, which is standard practice for a young goalkeeper. Adding even more bulk to his frame would also help.|
|Career Potential:||Talented goaltender with upside.|
Here us the Talent Analysis from Hockeys Future
Booth is your prototypical 21st-century goalie: big, fast and athletic. So it’s fitting that he was talked into going the major junior route instead of college by the poster child for today’s school of goaltending, former Remparts coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy. Booth has shown he is capable of handling a starter’s workload, but he needs to polish parts of his game (rebound control and puckhandling are most noticeable) to improve.
What do you Hurricanes fans think of this signing? Do you think that we might see Booth as early as next season or do you think that he still has some time needed to polish up and refine his game at the AHL level for a season or 2?
Let us know what you think in the comments! Sounds like the Hurricanes got a solid young goaltender with some definite potential signed today so that is exciting!
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