The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Saturday morning that they have signed defenseman Chase Priskie, the Washington Capitals’ sixth-round draft pick (No. 177 overall) in 2016, to a two-year entry-level contract. Priskie’s contract, which has a signing bonus of $815,000, carries a cap hit of $832,500 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level per season. The 23-year old became an unrestricted free agent on August 15 after wrapping up his collegiate career with Quinnipiac University.
The #Canes and Chase Priskie have agreed to terms!
— Carolina Hurricanes (@CanesNHL) August 17, 2019
“Chase was one of the best defensemen in college hockey last season,” said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell in a statement. “We believe he has a bright future in the NHL, and we’re thrilled that he has chosen to come to Carolina.”
Priskie told the Capitals on April 3 that he would not sign with the club and hit unrestricted free agency instead.
Priskie was named a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the player of the year in the NCAA. He recorded 17 goals, 39 points, and a +20 rating in 34 games for Quinnipiac last season.
He captained Quinnipiac for the last two seasons. In 154 career games with Quinnipiac, Priskie posted 38 goals, 116 points, and a +40 rating, including a career-high +18 rating last season.
Leading up to the 2016 NHL Draft, Priskie was ranked 126th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Priskie made the NCAA’s First All-Star team last season and the all rookie team in his freshman season, when he helped Quinnipiac win the national championship.
Adding Priskie to the system deepens an already deep Carolina prospect pool after their farm team, the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, won the Calder Cup last season. Making the NHL team this season will be a challenge for Priskie was as the Hurricanes’ top-five defensive core is loaded and Gustav Forsling, who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on June 24, is slated to be the No. 6 defenseman. He will also have to battle it out with other prospects like Hadyn Fleury and Jake Bean just to win the No. 7 job.
Priskie will likely play for the Checkers this season and become a restricted free agent after this deal expires.
According to The Athletic’s Sara Civ, the Hurricanes tried to acquire Priskie’s rights from the Capitals at the NHL Draft last June.
The Canes tried to make some sort of deal for Priskie with Washington so they could trade and sign at the draft and they pursued him ever since. He has a real chance to crack the lineup at some point this season.
— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) August 17, 2019
From The Canes
RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Chase Priskie on a two-year, entry-level contract. Priskie will earn $832,500 per season at the NHL level and $70,000 per season at the AHL level, and he will receive a signing bonus of $185,000.
“Chase was one of the best defensemen in college hockey last season,” said Waddell. “We believe he has a bright future in the NHL, and we’re thrilled that he has chosen to come to Carolina.”
Priskie, 23, registered 39 points (17g, 22a) in 36 games with Quinnipiac last season. He led all NCAA Division I defensemen in goals, power-play goals (10) and game-winning goals (5), and was named a top ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2018-19. The 5’11”, 192-pound blueliner recorded 116 points (39g, 77a) in 154 collegiate games over four seasons and served as Quinnipiac’s captain in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. Priskie was named to the 2018-19 ECAC Hockey First Team and was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team during all four seasons of college. Among defensemen, Priskie ranks first in Quinnipiac program history in goals, second in points and third in assists. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round, 177th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft.
By Harrison Brown