On Thursday it was announced that Mattheos and the Carolina Hurricanes had come to an agreement on a three-year, entry-level contract carrying a cap hit of $809K annually at the NHL level.
“Stelio is a highly-skilled centreman coming off back-to-back 90-point seasons in Brandon,” said Carolina President and General Manager Don Waddell. “He has shown great ability as a goal scorer and we look forward to the next steps in his development.”
The 19-year-old fourth-year centreman of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings was originally drafted 73rd overall by the Hurricanes in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. After one season of AAA Midget for the Winnipeg Wild, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward cracked the Wheaties, where he spent the past four years, being named team captain for the 2018-19 season.
With the Wheat Kings, Mattheos increased his goal and point total every season, finishing fourth in league scoring with 44 goals and 96 points this past year. In 253 WHL regular season contests, the Winnipeg product has 127 goals, 278 points, 227 penalty minutes, a 1.10 point-per-game average, while sitting at +21.
Following this signing, Mattheos will dress for the Hurricane’s American Hockey League affiliate, Charlotte Checkers for the remainder of the 2018-19 season on an amateur tryout agreement. Although his contract officially begins in the 2019-20 season, the WHL’s only back-to-back 40+ goal scorer from the past two seasons will only earn all $809K of his deal if he plays the entire season with the Hurricanes. At the AHL level, Mattheos’ deal is worth $70K annually.