Faulk Signs With Carolina

As expected, Duluth freshman defenseman Justin Faulk has signed a three-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, giving up his final three years of college eligibility.

Faulk was the top defenseman for the Bulldogs, producing 33 points in 39 games. The South St. Paul product was a second-round pick of the Canes and is the second Duluth player to turn pro early this offseason. Mike Connolly signed with San Jose earlier this week.

Faulk is the sixth WCHA player to turn pro early so far this offseason.

Early signings in the WCHA

Denver (1)
Matt Donovan, so, d, New York Islanders

Minnesota (1)
Aaron Ness, jr, d, New York Islanders

Minnesota-Duluth (2)
Mike Connolly, jr, f, San Jose Sharks
Justin Faulk, fr, d, Carolina Hurricanes

St. Cloud State (1)
Oliver Lauridsen, jr, d, Philadelphia Flyers

Wisconsin (1)
Jake Gardiner, jr, d, Toronto Maple Leafs

6 Responses

    1. gary

      I hope your wrong Chad. It would be nice to see some intestinal fortitude shown by the underclassmen and play their complete college eligibility.

  1. Stone

    It has nothing to do with fortitude of any kind. Put yourselves in the shoes of these kids. They go to class, bust their butts in practice, work out and then come back to do homework at night. If I had had the opportunity to take a professional contract to play hockey and not have to take tests and go to 8 am classes, I would have jumped all over it. These kids are extremely talented at their craft and deserve to decide for themselves what path they want to take.

    That being said, I would love for nothing more to see all the guys stay four years, but it’s in no way, shape or form anywhere near our decision to make for them. Guys like Jason Gregoire, Ben Blood and Brett Hextall (and many more) are all elite hockey players that have earned the right through hard work to play for a contract. I very much hope that they all stay but they have earned the right to make such a decision. I wish them all the best. GO SIOUX!!!

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