March 12 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Aaron Palushaj (17) controls the puck during the second period of the game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Bottom Six Options: Palushaj & Rask

With training camp only a few weeks away, Cardiac Cane will look at the candidates for the Carolina Hurricanes’ bottom six, the most contested positions on the team. We will look at two players a day for the next six days, done in alphabetical order.

(Note: Patrick Dwyer and Elias Lindholm were already counted as roster locks)

Aaron Palushaj

One of the most verstaile players on this list, Palushaj stands a strong chance of making the team simply because he can be put in a number of roles.

The 23-year-old can be a defensive forward or a scorer, while also helping on the penalty kill. Assets like that will help Palushaj make the Hurricanes bottom six, which is still looking for an identity.

Despite the skill set, Palushaj has never been able to lock down a roster spot on any team he has played for. Last year he played 25 games for the Colorado Avalanche, but was not re-signed to a contract and instead entered free agency.

Palushaj will compete with Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuk and Drayson Bowman for a spot on the team.

Victor Rask

Considered the Hurricanes third best prospect, Rask will have his first chance of making the NHL this season, but things won’t be easy.

For one, Rask will need to convert to the wing as the Canes already have a number of NHL centers. There’s also competition from other players with more experience.

Right now, I would say Rask has an outside shot at making the team. The Swede is still young and the Hurricanes may want to slow down the development progress and let him play wing in the minors to accustom him for the NHL.

However, if Rask plays well in training camp, there’s a chance, he’ll make the Canes.

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