WE HAVE HOCKEY NEWS!
After what feels like an eternity without hockey, we finally have a bit of Canes news to talk about. The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Tuesday that they had signed brothers David and Jason Cotton to entry-level contracts beginning with the 2020-2021 season. David’s two year ELC will pay him $700,000 at the NHL level in the first year and $832,500 at the NHL level in the second year of his deal. He’ll earn $70,000 at the AHL level in both years of his deal. David Cotton’s deal comes with a $185,000 signing bonus. Jason’s deal is a one year contract where he’ll earn $700,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level plus a $25,000 signing bonus.
If you’re curious as to why the deals are shorter than your typical ELC, it’s due to their age. Cotton is 22, which means that he can only sign a two year deal. Jason is 25, making him eligible for a one year contract. It’s similar to how the Saku Maenalanen contract worked when he signed in 2018.
David Cotton signing is a big deal for the Hurricanes. Cotton was a sixth round pick of the Hurricanes in the 2015 draft, 169th overall, and has developed tremendously over the past five years. He was on his way to a career year before the NCAA cancelled all of their spring and winter sports, finishing the season with 39 points in 32 games. David Cotton’s skill set that he brings to the organization can translate to the pros, especially due to his size and strength. He’s strong on the puck, has a good shot, and has developed as a playmaker over the past couple of seasons. His hockey sense and vision have improved steadily since he’s attended Boston College, along with his play in the defensive zone. The Hurricanes are also getting a leader in Cotton, who captained a young Boston College team to the top of the Hockey East conference this year. In short, the Canes are getting a solid two way goal scorer that’s an excellent leader and capable of playing top nine minutes at the NHL level in a year or two. David Cotton has played center before, but spent the majority of his time with the Eagles on the left wing. It’ll be interesting to see if the Hurricanes or Checkers decide to move Cotton back to center when he finally appears in a pro game.
Jason Cotton was the captain at Sacred Heart University this past season and had a career year as well. The Hobey Baker finalist had 20 goals and 37 points in 34 games for Sacred Heart this year, setting career highs in goals and assists in the process. Cotton’s path to an NHL contract has been a winding one to say the least. After being passed up on in his draft year, Jason Cotton spent two years with West Kelowna in the BCHL before playing for Northeastern during the 2015-2016 season. Cotton appeared in eight games for the Huskies before transferring to Sacred Heart. He sat out his transfer year and then spent three years playing for Sacred Heart. Jason Cotton found a home at Sacred Heart and was consistent for his team in all three years he was there. Cotton shows promise as a goal scorer, and while we’re yet to see if he has NHL potential, he could be a great addition for Charlotte. He’s a right-handed shot and can play the center position. Jason currently stands at 6’3″, 190 pounds according to EliteProspects, so he adds some size at forward for Charlotte as well.
The Hurricanes’ organization and pipeline got better today with these two signings, and it once again shows how well the Canes have been able to draft outside of the first round in the past six years or so. I’m excited to see what both brothers can accomplish at the professional level, even though we won’t be seeing any more hockey games for at least another month or so. If the AHL season does continue in some fashion, I would imagine that both players would sign tryouts with the Checkers.