NHL Free Agency Grades 2014: Carolina Hurricanes Free Agent Signings

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68. <strong>2013-2014 Regular Season Stats (AHL): </strong>75 games played, 13 goals, 19 assists, 32 points, -12, 146 PIM<br /> <strong>Term: </strong>1 year, $600,000. C. Philadelphia Flyers (2013-2014). Ben Holmstrom. 6. player

The Carolina Hurricanes let Brett Sutter go to free agency this summer, but they brought in a very similar player in Ben Holmstrom.

Ben Holmstrom, former captain of the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL, is a gritty forward who is not afraid to get under the skin of opponents and drop the gloves.

Since joining the Adirondack Phantoms in the 2009-2010 season, Ben Holmstrom has tallied 122 points (49 goals, 73 assists) in 256 AHL regular season games. He is a -38 with 393 penalty minutes in that time.

Ben Holmstrom is very similar to former Hurricane Brett Sutter, and it appears that he will fill Sutter’s role as a gritty forward who could see time with the Carolina Hurricanes in case of injury. Holmstrom hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2011-2012 season.

Grade: C