The Carolina Hurricanes rookies will take to the ice for the next five days against other prospects. The team will be one of four in the Ted Lindsay division including the Sabres, Rangers and Blue Jackets.
- Thursday, Sept 5, vs Rangers 3:30
- Friday, Sept. 6, vs Blue Jackets 3:30
- Sunday, Sept. 8, vs. Sabres 3:30
- Monday, Sept. 9, Playoffs TBD
Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, Elias Lindholm suffered an injury during development camp and is still recovering. He will miss the first few games but has a chance to return at the end of the tournament.
But the offense still has some skilled players in Sergey Tolchinsky, Victor Rask and Brock McGinn. Erik Karlsson will show what he can do on NHL ice, while 2013 draft pick Brent Pedersen will also play for the team.
Checkers rookies Bredan Woods and Adam Brace are counted on to add depth to the offense.
The defense will be the strength of the Canes team with Ryan Murphy leading the group. AHL-ready propsects Austin Levi, Keegan Lowe and Danny Biega will round out the top four, while 2013 pick Tyler Ganly will also be on the team.
Defense will make up a big part of the team’s success as the corps is balanced with defensive play and offensive abilities.
Maybe the least skilled group on the Hurricanes roster, 2012 pick Daniel Altshuller will be the team’s main goalie.
Austin Lotz will be part of the team as a tournament invitee.
Tolchinsky will be able to play the Rangers, the original team he was going to play for in the tournament, right away. However, the offense is stil deep with Danny Kristo being the biggest name. The defense and goaltending is not as deep and the Canes will definitely have a chance at beating them.
The Blue Jackets have a similar makeup to the Canes with a deep offense and defense, but better goaltending. 2012 second-overall pick Ryan Murray is the biggest name on the roster.
The Buffalo Sabres may be the team to beat in the Lindsay division. The offense features Zemgus Girgensons, Joel Armia and Mikhail Grigorenko on offense. On defense, two first-round picks in 2013, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov protect the team’s net.
The Hurricanes have a better chance in this tournament than they have had in others, but every game will be a difficult one.
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