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.
#7 Austin Levi
Background: Drafted in the third round of the 2010 draft. Played as an overager last year with the Plymouth Whalers, where he’s been for the past five years. Signed an ELC with the Hurricanes in March.
Another defenseman with shutdown abilities in the Hurricanes’ pipeline, Levi will play for the Charlotte Checkers next season.
With the Whalers, Levi never showed too much of a focus on offense and instead became a defensive reliability for the team. He also went from 116 PIMs in his first full season with Plymouth to only 49 last season, cutting down on the unnecessary penalties.
But for a defenseman that excels in his own end making the transition from juniors to pro is much simpler than a defenseman that does not play a good defensive game. He’s also not afraid of the gritty play in the corners, which makes him even more valuable on defense.
That’s why he’s ranked above fellow defenseman prospect Keegan Lowe.
Levi will play for the Checkers next season and could possibly play with Lowe. Depending on how well his rookie season goes, Levi could stand an outside chance at a roster spot in the 2014-15 season.