The one about future Checker Justin Shugg

Two posts in an hour!  According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Carolina Hurricanes have signed Justin Shugg to a three-year entry level contract.

In 2010, Shugg draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, coming in the fourth round as the 105th pick.  He’s only 19, but with four full seasons of CHL experience under his belt, he is eligible to compete in the AHL.

Shugg just finished his full season in the Ontario Hockey League, and made his third-straight Memorial Cup appearance.  (He won two Memorial Cups with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and 2010).  He spent his final year in the OHL with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, who hosted the 2011 Memorial Cup, and lost to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the championship.

A left wing, Shugg comes to Carolina at  5’11 and 195 pounds.  In 66 games with the Majors this year, he had 87 points (41G, 46A).  He’s very offensively minded, and does a good job reading offensive plays and contributing in that way.  Scouting reports say he needs to continue to work on defensive techniques such as shot blocking and using his body in a more physical way, but he is known for being a hard worker who puts a lot of time and effort into improving his game.


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