Brendan Perlini, Cory Conacher, and Nathan Beaulieu have all signed PTOs with the Canes as they fill out their pre-season roster.
With the split squad games in against the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lighting on September 26th, Perlini and Concacher have their best chances to muscle their way in to an already stacked lineup. Beaulieu has the steepest of uphill battles given Carolina’s current defensive situation.
While Perlini and Concacher have contracts with the Chicago Wolves, Beaulieu is an UFA.
Brendan Perlini has 262 NHL games over 6 seasons. He’s put the biscuit in NHL baskets 50 times, 10 of them on the Power Play. Last year with the Wolves, Perlini tallied 10 goals and had 5 helpers over 26 games.
The 2019-20 season was the last time Cory Conacher hit NHL ice for 4 games with the Tampa Bay Lighting. With a smattering of games over 7 NHL seasons, the most Conacher has played in a single season was in 2013-14 when he appeared in 60 games with Ottawa. In total, over 192, Conacher has notched 28 NHL goals and has 75 points.
Conacher is a Calder Cup Champion, a AHL MVP and scoring leader (2011-2012) and over his 10-year career has scored 131 goals and registered 340 points in 371 regular season games. He has 22 goals and 58 points in 81 playoff games, including 15 games last season with the Charlotte Checkers where he had 9 points.
Nathan Beaulieu played 52 games last year with the Ducks of Anaheim and had four 4 points to show for it. Twice in his career his has registered whole games worth of penalty minutes. Once in the QMjHL with the St. John’s Sea Dogs (100), once with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs (63). Only 2 times in a pro career that dates back to 2012-13 has Beaulieu sat less than 30 minutes in a season. Suffice it to say he is adding some of that “sandpaper” Carolina supposedly needs.
What, if any impact these PTO have when the puck drops with the Hurricane remains to be seen but all three of these players have impressive resumes. If Carolina only had an AHL team to drop them on, all three would make a big impact there.