To catch up briefly on a variety of news:
The Hurricanes sent out two press releases yesterday, one of them announcing that rookie Elias Lindholm had been assigned to Team Sweden so he could participate in the World Junior Championship to be held in Sweden. This news is pretty much just confirming previous released reports by other hockey outlets.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dec. 6, 2013
LINDHOLM TO BE ASSIGNED TO SWEDEN’S WJC TEAM
Forward will represent host country at tournament
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will assign forward Elias Lindholm to Sweden’s World Junior Championship team.
Lindholm, 19, has totaled seven points (3g, 4a) in 21 games during his rookie NHL season with the Hurricanes. This will mark the second consecutive year the Boden, Sweden, native has represented his country at the IIHF World Junior Championship, as he captured silver with Sweden at the tournament last year. Lindholm (6’1", 192 lbs.) also won silver with Sweden at the 2012 U-18 World Junior Championship. The 2014 World Junior Championship will be held in Malmo, Sweden from Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.
The Hurricanes host the Washington Capitals on Friday night at PNC Arena (7 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network). Individual-game tickets for all Hurricanes regular-season games are on sale at the PNC Arena Box Office and via Ticketmaster. For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES, or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.
In the other press release, the Hurricanes announced the signing of defenseman, Trevor Carrick. The 2012 fourth round selection was well known for his toughness, but he has found his offensive side this season and leads all OHL defensemen with 14 goals so far.
‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH TREVOR CARRICK
Defenseman leads all Mississauga skaters in points this season
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Vice President of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Trevor Carrick on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Carrick $550,000 at the NHL level or $65,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level in the first year, $625,000 in the NHL or $65,000 in the AHL in the second year, and $700,000 in the NHL or $65,000 in the AHL in the third year. He will also receive a signing bonus of $225,000.
"Trevor had a strong training camp with the Hurricanes and has excelled in the OHL this season," said Francis. "He has good size and toughness and has developed the offensive side of his game."
Carrick, 19, currently ranks first among Ontario Hockey League (OHL) defensemen in goals (14) and tied for third in points (27) in 35 games played for the Mississauga Steelheads. The Stouffville, Ont., native is first among Mississauga skaters in points (27), second in goals (14), second in power-play goals (5) and third in penalty minutes (57). Carolina’s fourth-round selection, 115th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Carrick (6’2", 180 lbs.) has totaled 30 goals, 47 assists (77 points) and 177 penalty minutes in 159 career OHL games with Mississauga.
The Hurricanes host the Washington Capitals on Friday night at PNC Arena (7 p.m. FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network). Individual-game tickets for all Hurricanes regular-season games are on sale at the PNC Arena Box Office and via Ticketmaster. For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES, or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.
TREVOR CARRICK’S CAREER STATISTICS
REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
LGE GP G A TP PIM GP G A TP PIM
OHL 40 6 13 19 44 19 2 11 13 10
2011-12 Mississauga OHL
68 6 13 19 64 6 1 0 1 7
2012-13 Mississauga OHL
56 10 21 31 56 6 0 2 2 11
2013-14 Mississauga OHL
35 14 13 27 57 - - - - -
OHL Totals (3 seasons)
159 30 47 77 177 12 1 2 3 18
In other news, former Hurricane Brandon Sutter scored the game-winner during a shootout for the Penguins last night. Remember when he scored a couple of shorthanded goals on breakaways for Carolina, but Paul Maurice did not use him on the shootout?
I remember the coach being asked about that during one press scrum and he replied that there was a difference in being chased during a game, then taking your time during a shootout. Sutter was the fifth shooter for the Pens so he is not the go-to guy by any stretch, but maybe he will earn more chances since he is showing skill in that area.
Some of the Canes made the rounds and visited local hospitals on December 17th.
Eric Staal, Kevin Westgarth, Anton Khudobin, Manny Malhotra, Jay Harrison, Radek Dvorak, and Mike Komisarek were at Wake Med. (Nice photo shoot in this link)
Cam Ward, Ron Hainsey, Alexander Semin, Tim Gleason, Tuomo Ruutu, and Patrick Dwyer went to Rex, and Riley Nash, Brett Bellemore, Drayson Bowman, Justin Peters, Andrej Sekera, and Nathan Gerbe went to UNC Children's Hospital.