November 25, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brett Sutter (42) carries the puck against the Winnipeg Jets at the RBC center. The Jets defeated the Hurricanes 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Bottom Six Options: Staal & Sutter

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)

Jared Staal

Jared Staal played in his first NHL games last season. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The youngest Staal brother, Jared was able to reach the NHL level last season joining Eric and Jordan in a game against the New York Rangers. Marc would have played for the Rangers, but was recovering from an eye injury.

Staal ended up playing the next game also and looked about average for a fourth-line forward. The 23-year-old is hard on the forecheck and a hard-working skater, but doesn’t have the tools to become anything more than that.

But that’s not a bad thing. Staal may be able to carve out an NHL career based on his tough play and he’ll get a chance in training camp.

However, Staal will need to impress in camp and work his hardest to make the roster. It’s not impossible, but this may not be the season for Staal, who is competing with Kevin Westgarth, Nicolas Blanchard and Aaron Palsuhaj for a fourth-line spot.

Brett Sutter

The Charlotte Checkers captain may be ready for a full-time NHL role as he becomes an AHL veteran at 26-years-old.

Sutter has had a cup-of-coffee multiple times in his career with the Calgary Flames and Canes, but has never held down a spot and is seen more of a leader in the AHL.

But according to this article on the Checkers Website, Sutter is coming to training camp looking to earn a spot with the Hurricanes.

I’m not too sure how likely it is Sutter makes the team. There are a lot of openings, but at the same time there are more skilled and younger players competing for the same spots as Sutter.

But if the Canes are looking for a leadership-type player with the ability to penalty kill, Sutter could be the guy.

The Canada native will compete with Jared Staal, Jeremy Welsh and others for a spot on the team.

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