The forecheck was present and dangerous, a mainstay for the organization
The identity of the Carolina Hurricanes at the NHL level has been to dump the puck into the zone and jump down opponents’ throats on the forecheck. We saw a lot of that from the prospects during the Southeast Rookie Showcase. Twice against Florida, we saw the forecheck lead to a goal, and on Monday, they scored a goal after a defender from Nashville played the puck off a skate and into the net. It wasn’t just one player creating all of the pressure. Every forward was in the zone, ready to pounce on the puck once it was dumped in. This likely gives the coaching staff an idea of who can fit into the playing style, especially if they need to call someone up after an injury. It was one of the most noticeable parts of the team’s game over the weekend.