The Carolina Hurricanes Development Camp starts tomorrow. It will give young players to stand out in front of coaches and other organizational figures two months before training camp starts. Here’s things to look for in development camp:
- Schedule: (Hurricanes’ Website) In the early evening from Tuesday to Thursday, forwards will practice and then later at night, the defense will take to the ice. Friday will be a full team practice. Saturday will include the only game and a skills competition.
- Roster: (Hurricanes’ Website) Some notable players include Elias Lindholm, Ryan Murphy and Victor Rask.
Camp Invitees: The Canes have a few players that were invited to camp, but are not under contract. Here are those players and a quick analysis:
- Mike Chiasson: The son of late Steve Chiasson plays defense at the University of Michigan, just finishing his sophomore season. He’s an older junior at 22 years old, which is not that strange for hockey players in college. He scored five points in 30 games this season.
- Brandon Shea: The forward has a had a rocky road in the CHL, first quitting the Moncton Wildcats to return to the USA, but could not play in the NCAA because he had played in juniors that season. Eventually he was dealt to the Quebec Remparts where he scored four points in 14 games.
- Adam Brace: The 25-year-old forward played four season at Robert Morris University before joining the Florida Everblades in the ECHL late last season. He’ll most likely be looking for an AHL deal.
- Sergey Tolchinsky: The Russian forward is perhaps the most intriguing invite at camp. He plays in the OHL, has stick-handling skills and scored 51 points last season, but is small at 5-9. The Canes may take a long look at him.
Players To Watch
- Elias Lindholm: Lindholm’s quest to lock up a spot on the Hurricanes’ roster starts tomorrow. There’s no real competition at development camp, besides Victor Rask who has an outside chance of taking a spot. However, Lindholm will have to get off on the right foot to make the team in September.
- Ryan Murphy: Murphy will compete for a spot on the defense next season. Development camp will give him a chance to showcase his skills without Brett Bellemore or Mike Komisarek being present.
- Erik Karlsson: The Swedish forward was the Canes’ fourth-round pick in 2012 and has played in Sweden all his life. This will give the Canes a chance to see Karlsson on North American ice and playing against players his age.
Players won’t win spots at development camp, but it will give fans and coaches the chance to see what the future may look like.