24-Year-Old Right Wing – Free Agent
Justin Shugg Contract Information:
Signed with Dinamo Riga of the KHL in July of 2016.
Shugg agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Sunday.
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Shugg made his NHL debut during the 2014-15 season, enjoying a three-game stint with the Hurricanes in December while failing to record any goals or assists. For the remainder of the season, he spent his time in the AHL with Charlotte, where he led the team with a career-best 21 goals and 22 assists over 65 games. Shugg is described as a pure goal scorer, with excellent offensive instincts. However, he has yet to put all the elements of his game together on a consistent basis. While Shugg’s skill set suggests he can produce at the NHL level one day, his lack of two-way play might limit him to the AHL for the time being.
Shugg was selected by Carolina in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The diminutive winger (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) tore it up in the junior leagues, accumulating a total of 166 points (80 G, 86 A) the past two seasons with the Windsor Spitfires and the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, respectively. In all likelihood, he will need to prove his worth in the minors before the 'Canes give him a serious look in the NHL.
With most of the attention rightfully centered on No. 1 draft pick Taylor Hall in the 2010 Entry Draft, the Hurricanes selected Shugg, Hall's junior-league teammate, in round four. Something to like about Shugg is his confidence, the result of having captured two consecutive Memorial Cup honors with the Windsor Spitfires (OHL). He's expected to get another go-around with Windsor in 2009-10, building upon his robust totals of 115 points in 158 games, among three seasons with the Spitfires.