Victor Rask is the Carolina Hurricanes’ second best prospect behind Ryan Murphy and next season will have the chance of making the Canes roster.
Rask is Swedish-born and played for Leksand in the Sweden league for four seasons before coming to North America to play for the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL.
In Sweden, Rask jumped between the junior 18 and 20 team, before scoring 41 points in 39 games in his last year with the J20 team.
The Hurricanes chose Rask in the second round of the 2011 draft, which prompted him to come to the junior league in Canada. Besides playing
for the Hitmen, Rask won gold with Sweden at the U20 World Junior Championships and appeared in 10 games for the Checkers at the beginning of this year.
In his two seasons with Calgary, the 20-year-old scored 104 points in 101 games.
As for his skill, Rask is strong in all three zones and has great puck-handling skills, but is not the quickest skater on the ice. He played center in the WHL and stands at 6-2.
But where Rask plays next year is the tricky part. While he was over a point-per-game in juniors, it’s sometimes hard for players to transition that scoring into the NHL. However, he did have five points in the 10 games he played for the Checkers.
Rask may have a shot at the third-line center spot with the Canes next year. He’s big and can play the defensive side of the puck, while possessing offensive skill.
Playing in a shut-down role will put a lot of pressure on a young player, which the Canes will have to realize, but if Rask believes he’s up to the task, the Hurricanes could give him a chance there.
If he doesn’t make the Canes’ roster, Rask will most likely play with the Checkers in a first-line role, while working on both his defensive and offensive game.