Over the next 10 days, Cardiac Cane will look at the top 10 prospects in the Carolina Hurricanes’ system. Taken into account will be potential and how soon the player could make the Hurricanes’ roster, among other things.
Background: Played three seasons at Union College scoring 44 points in 40 games in his junior season before signing with the Hurricanes. Completed his rookie season with the Charlotte Checkers last season.
An undrafted signing by GM Jim Rutherford, Welsh did not live up to expectations in his rookie season with the Charlotte Checkers.
It was expected that Welsh could be a secondary scorer on the second line, but the 25-year-old only scored 26 points in 69 games. However, 14 of those points were goals.
He also played in five games with the Hurricanes last season, recording one assist.
But given his size and work ethic, Welsh could make the Canes roster as early as next season on a fourth-line basis.
Welsh is 6-foot-3, taller than most of the players on the Hurricanes’ roster and is not afraid of gritty play, which would be a welcome addition to the team. The Union College alum can also play the penalty kill.
For the most part, that is all Welsh can bring to the table. He’ll never be a scorer in the NHL, so excelling in the little things is what Welsh needs to focus on to make the Hurricanes next season.
But for a team that needs size and grit, Welsh could be an interesting prospect to watch in the near future.