The Carolina Hurricanes announced that they recalled defenseman Justin Faulk from Charlotte this afternoon. Faulk made the team out of training camp, but was sent down to the minors because the team already had eight blueliners on their roster. Is this move a prelude to a trade, or will the team bench someone?
Joni Pitkanen has been nursing an injury and has been unable to play in recent games.
The Canes also sent Zac Dalpe back to the Checkers. Dalpe fought an injury himself earlier this season and has had minimal ice time during his most recent stint with the big club.
Check out the team's presser after the jump.
HURRICANES RECALL DEFENSEMAN JUSTIN FAULK
Forward Zac Dalpe reassigned to Charlotte
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled defenseman Justin Faulk from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Hurricanes have assigned forward Zac Dalpe to Charlotte.
Faulk, 19, made his NHL debut with the Hurricanes in the team’s season opener on Oct. 7 against Tampa Bay, and has played in three games with the Hurricanes this season, averaging 18:59 of ice time per game. The South St. Paul, MN, native has totaled four goals and two assists (6 points) in 12 games on the AHL level, and is tied for first among Checkers defensemen in goals and points. Faulk (6’0", 205 lbs.) is in his first full professional season after winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in 2010-11. The Hurricanes drafted Faulk in the second round, 37th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Dalpe, 22, has skated in nine games with the Hurricanes this season, averaging 6:07 of ice time per game. The Paris, Ont., native has also played two games for the Checkers on the AHL level, and missed seven NHL games while recovering from a lower-body injury suffered at Buffalo on Oct. 14. Selected by Carolina in the second round, 45th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Dalpe (6’1", 195 lbs.) has totaled four points (3g, 1a) in 24 career NHL games with the Hurricanes.