Carolina Hurricanes: Internal Forward Options

ROSEMONT, IL - JUNE 08: Charlotte Checkers center Martin Necas (88) celebrates after game five of the AHL Calder Cup Finals against the Chicago Wolves on June 8, 2019, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - JUNE 08: Charlotte Checkers center Martin Necas (88) celebrates after game five of the AHL Calder Cup Finals against the Chicago Wolves on June 8, 2019, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Should the Carolina Hurricanes look for forward help internally, there’s a few quality options in Charlotte that could be poised to make the jump to the NHL next season.

With the start of free agency just around the corner, the Carolina Hurricanes are not expected to take a run at big ticket players. Rather, they’ll look to make depth signings allowing some of the young kids in Charlotte to fight for a few final spots in training camp this fall.

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The Checkers received contributions up and down the line up all season long and throughout their Calder Cup championship run. They earned five trophies including the Calder Cup in a historic run for the franchise. But none of that is possible without the efforts of their players. Especially many of their forwards.

Players like Martin NecasClark Bishop and Janne Kuokkanen have all gotten a slight taste of the NHL over the past two seasons, but have yet to stick around long term.  While Morgan Geekie and Julien Gauthier took huge strides forward this past season and, as a result, played their way into consideration for a possible roster spot.

One of the most notable holes on the Hurricanes roster currently is the lack of right handed forwards. Although the blue line is deep with righties, Justin Williams is the team’s only right shot upfront. With his future still in limbo this could soon become an area of concern. In comes Martin Necas.