April 6, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Zac Dalpe (22) celebrates his 3rd period goal against the New York Rangers at the PNC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Top 10 Carolina Hurricanes Prospects: #6 Zac Dalpe

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.

Previously: #7 Austin Levi

Zac Dalpe scored three points in 10 games last year. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

#6 Zac Dalpe

Background: Drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round of the 2008 Draft. Has played 41 games with the Canes, but has seen most of his success with the Charltotte Checkers.

One of the oldest and more experienced players on the Canes top prospects is Zac Dalpe. He has seen about half a season of NHL play, but has not stuck with the Hurricanes roster for a full season.

But he’s still a skilled player that will have a chance to make the Hurricanes full-time at the start of training camp in September.

Dalpe can both score and pass in the offensive zone having scored 21 goals and 21 assists last season with the Checkers.

In the 2011-12 season, Dalpe scored three points in 16 games with the Canes. In the 2012-13 season, the 23-year-old scored the same amount of points, but in six less games.

But the time is now for Dalpe. He’s a good player for the Checkers, but it’s time he proved he can stick with the Hurricanes and become an impact player.

Dalpe will compete for a third-line spot in training camp. The competition will be difficult, but Dalpe should be aware of how dire his situation is with the team.

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