The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Brandon Wheat Kings captain Stelio Mattheos to a three-year, entry-level contract.
With the Wheat Kings having missed out on the 2019 WHL Playoffs, Mattheos is set to join the Hurricanes’ American League affiliate in Charlotte, suiting up with the Checkers on an amateur tryout agreement.
“Stelio is a highly-skilled center coming off back-to-back 90-point seasons in Brandon,” said Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the Hurricanes, in a team release. “He’s shown great ability as a goal scorer and we look forward to the next steps in his development.”
Mattheos, a 19-year-old product of Winnipeg, Man., was selected by the Hurricanes in the third round (73rd) of the 2017 NHL Draft.
The 2018-19 season served as a career year for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound pivot as he register new bests in goals (44), assists (52) and points (96). Over the course of four WHL seasons with the Wheat Kings, Mattheos racked up 278 points (127G-151A) in 253 regular season games.
The 96-point effort this season was good enough to earn Mattheos a spot on the WHL’s Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team, as voted upon by WHL General Managers.
A member of the 2016 WHL Champion Wheat Kings squad, Mattheos contributed seven points (4G-3A) as a 17-year-old. Over the course of 45 career WHL post-season appearances, Mattheos registered 25 points (12G-13A).
Over the course of his WHL career, Mattheos participated in two key national events, first representing Team Orr at the 2017 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, where he tallied one goal in the contest. In November 2018, he suited up for Team WHL at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
Mattheos was originally selected by the Wheat Kings first overall at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
In Charlotte, Mattheos joins a host of other WHL Alumni, including goaltender Dustin Tokarski (Spokane Chiefs), defencemen Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels), Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen, Tri-City Americans), and forward Morgan Geekie (Tri-City Americans).
Mattheos and the Checkers are scheduled to take on the Hartford Wolfpack in back-to-back games at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday and Sunday.