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: #4 Phil Di Giuseppe
#3 Victor Rask
Background: Drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round of the 2011 Draft. Has played for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL for the past two seasons. Signed his ELC with the Canes in October of 2011.
The first prospect on this list that stands a chance of making the team next season, Victor Rask, is a center from Sweden that has shown skill in the offensive and defensive zones.
Last season with the Hitmen, Rask scored 41 points in 37 games and also appeared in 10 games for the Charlotte Checkers scoring five points.
It appears that Rask is ready to play in at least the AHL. He did fine in his short cup-of-coffee and is good enough defensively to make the transition. Depending on how well his training camp goes, the 20-year-old could make the Canes team.
However, there is a problem in Rask’s chances of making the team. He is a center and the Canes are loaded with them. To make it to the Hurricanes, Rask will need to transition to a wing spot.
It’s not a major problem, but it is something that could take a little bit of getting used to.
If Rask plays a year with the Checkers, he’ll most likely play the wing and would be one of the first to be called up.
If Rask does not make the Hurricanes this season, expect him to make it next year.