Two prospects drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes will re-enter the 2013 NHL draft, after the Hurricanes failed to sign them to contracts by the 5 p.m. deadline last Friday.
Gregory Hoffman, who was a fourth-round pick in 2011, played for Davos in the Swiss-A league this past season. He scored 27 points in 49 games. According to Peter Koutroumpis, GM Jim Rutherford was attempting to sign Hoffman to a contract, but one could not be reached in time. Rutherford also said that he believed Hoffman would have had a future with the Hurricanes in the NHL.
Hoffman put up respectable numbers in the Swiss-A league and it’s a shame that the Canes could not reach a deal, if they felt Hoffman could play with Checkers or Hurricanes. However, if the Hurricanes choose they can draft Hoffman again in this year’s draft.
The Canes also did not sign Matt Mahalak, a goalie drafted in the sixth-round in 2011. Mahalak played for the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL earning 22 wins and a 2.86 GAA.
Since Rutherford did not comment on Mahalak, it is likely the Hurricanes did not want to sign Mahalak. With three goalies playing for the Checkers last season, they probably felt he would not have a future in the organization. Mahalak will also re-enter the 2013 draft.