The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled Drayson Bowman from the Charlotte Checkers on an emergency basis to fill in for Jeff Skinner. The Canes are in Toronto where they will play the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The press release describes Skinner as "out with an undisclosed injury."
Skinner missed Friday's game in Winnipeg and, at the time, there were conflicting reports of whether this was due to "flu-like symptoms" or an upper-body injury. There is nothing in the team's statement as to whether Skinner's injury is connected to a huge open-ice hit delivered by Andy Sutton on Skinner in the final 2 minutes of the Canes game vs the Oilers in Edmonton Wednesday. Link to video of the hit.
This is Bowman's second recall from the AHL this season. He played two games in early November, recording no points in either of those appearances.
The team has also placed back-up goaltender Brian Boucher on the injured reserve (LBI) to make room for Bowman with the 23-man roster limit. Both Joni Pitkanen and Jay Harrison are out with UBI's, but are not on the IR.
The Canes have a 3pm practice this afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.
The full text of the release is after the jump.
‘Canes Recall Drayson Bowman from Charlotte
Recalled on emergency basis for Jeff Skinner; Brian Boucher placed on injured reserve
Sunday, 12.11.2011 / 12:25 PM / News
By Terrell Williams
RALEIGH, NC - Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Drayson Bowman from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). To make room for Bowman on the 23-man roster, goaltender Brian Boucher has been placed on injured reserve. Bowman is being recalled on an emergency basis for forward Jeff Skinner, who is out with an undisclosed injury.
Bowman, 22, has scored eight goals and earned six assists (14 points) in 23 games with the Checkers this season, and also has skated in two NHL games this year with the Hurricanes. Born in Grand Rapids, MI, but raised in Littleton, CO, Bowman is in his third professional season and has scored 37 goals and earned 39 assists (76 points) in 130 career AHL regular-season games. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 16, 2010, and has scored two goals and earned one assist (3 points) in 34 career NHL games with the Hurricanes. Carolina drafted Bowman in the third round, 72nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.