The Carolina Hurricanes have trimmed their roster again, assigning six players Monday to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. The most notable is first-year pro Sergey Tolchinsky, a dazzling-yet-undersized winger that was seen by some as a darkhorse candidate to crack the roster. Also reporting to Charlotte are forwards Brendan Woods, Phil Di Guiseppe and Brody Sutter, defenseman Trevor Carrick, and goaltender Drew MacIntyre. All six players will be at Checkers camp when it opens Tuesday. Charlotte also announced that Jared Staal, who was not re-signed by Carolina in the offseason, has been invited to Checkers camp on a tryout basis.
The cuts bring Carolina’s roster down to 27, giving a clearer picture as to who might be in Nashville for the season opener on Oct. 8. On defense, former first round picks Haydn Fleury and Noah Hanifin remain with Carolina for now, as do first-year pros Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin.
At forward, Brock McGinn has clearly made an impression — he is one of 15 forwards remaining in camp. Derek Ryan is also still with Carolina. The 28 year old was MVP and leading scorer in the Swedish Hockey League last season and signed a two-way deal with Carolina over the summer. MacIntyre’s reassignment to Charlotte also sets Carolina’s tandem in net — barring injury — to start the season, with veteran Cam Ward and newcomer Eddie Lack still battling for the right to be the team’s No. 1 goalie.
You can see the complete roster here. Here is the release from the team:
HURRICANES TO ASSIGN SIX PLAYERS TO CHECKERS
Training camp roster now stands at 27 players
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will assign six players to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Hurricanes won back-to-back exhibition games this weekend, defeating the New York Islanders on Saturday in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the Ottawa Senators on Sunday in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Defenseman Trevor Carrick and forwards Brendan Woods, Sergey Tolchinsky and Phil Di Guiseppe have been assigned to Charlotte’s training camp, which opens on Tuesday. Goaltender Drew MacIntyre and forward Brody Sutter will be assigned to the Checkers on Tuesday, pending waivers.
The Hurricanes’ training camp roster now stands at 27 players, and the maximum number permitted for the opening night roster is 23. The current camp roster is attached to this release. The team will practice on Monday at PNC Arena at noon, and sees its next game action on Wednesday when it hosts the Washington Capitals at PNC Arena at 7 p.m.