The Carolina Hurricanes season opener may still be a dozen days away, but there is certainly regular season hockey going on elsewhere.
The first of two Carolina fourth-round picks this summer, Plymouth Whalers defenseman Josh Wesley, looks to already be in midseason form. Less than a week removed from being reassigned to the Ontario Hockey League from Canes training camp, Wesley is off to a fast start for the Whalers, notching goals in both of Plymouth’s first two games of the season.
Wesley notched the Whalers’ first goal of the season Friday in a 5-0 win over London, a power play goal that proved the game-winner. But Wesley even outdid that Saturday night, scoring a third-period, go-ahead goal that is the early frontrunner for OHL goal of the year in the Whalers’ eventual 5-4 overtime loss to high-powered Erie — led by next year’s favorite to go first overall in the NHL draft, Connor McDavid The goal, also on scored on the power play, is one to remember.
Wesley, the son of Hurricanes great Glen Wesley, is clearly out to prove he's his own man. Nepotism? More like Nope-otism.