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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Clark Bishop

Drafted 127th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Clark Bishop made his NHL debut October 20th against the Colorado Avalanche. Splitting the season in both the NHL and AHL, Bishop played 20 games with the Carolina Hurricanes scoring a single goal while adding two assists.

Playing in 38 games with the Charlotte Checkers in 2018-2019, Bishop scored three times and added three assist for a total of six points in the regular season. In the playoffs, Bishop played in 16 contests scoring twice while adding a single assist.  Although these numbers aren’t anything to write home about, it doesn’t speak to Bishop’s game and what he brings to the team.

While with the Hurricanes, Bishop provided stability and a physical presence on the fourth line. The 23 year old forward could be an option for a full time role in the upcoming 2019-2020 season depending on general manager Don Waddell’s plan with depth forward Greg McKegg and recent addition Erik Haula.

If McKegg signs elsewhere as a free agent and they play Haula on the wing Bishop could find himself centering the fourth line behind  Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal, and Lucas Wallmark. If they see Haula as a center Bishop may find himself as the 13th forward or back in Charlotte with Wallmark sliding down to a fourth line role.