Yesterday, we looked at some of the prospects the Carolina Hurricanes have in the OHL. Today we’ll finish up those prospects with three more competing in the league.
The fifth-round pick from this past year’s draft is on the road towards an improvement from last year, points-wise, with the Kitchener Rangers.
In the 2012-13 season, Pedersen had 30 points in 67 games, this year he has 24 points in 42 games and doing it on one of the worst teams in the league.
The Rangers are last in the Western Conference and playoffs are unlikely for the traditionally strong junior team.
Pedersen will likely play another season in the juniors after this one and should take more of a first-line/scoring role with the team.
The undrafted free agent that the Carolina Hurricanes signed in early December is continuing his strong season with the Plymouth Whalers, but has fallen off a little since the signing.
When Sandlak signed the contract on Dec. 6, the Plymouth Whaler had 24 points. In the month since then, Sandlak has only scored seven more and is no longer the team’s leading scorer.
The Whalers are also out of the playoffs and will need a late-season push to make the playoffs.
Sandlak could join the Charlotte Checkers after his junior season and as an over-ager cannot return to juniors next season.
The only other Canes’ defenseman in the OHL, besides Tyler Ganly, Carrick is having an impressive season in the scoring department with 33 points in 44 games.
Carrick was also traded from the Missauha Steel Heads to the Sudbury Wolves on Jan. 8. The 19-year-old went from a bottom-feeding team to one that has a high chance of making playoffs and possibly doing more in the postseason.
The Hurricanes signed Carrick to an entry-level contract in December, which would allow him to join the Checkers at the end of the season and possibly next year if the ‘Canes feel that’s where he belongs.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at NCAA and other prospects in the Carolina Hurricanes’ system.