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Hurricanes Recall Alex Nedeljkovic From Charlotte; Reassign Michael Leighton to Checkers

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Goaltender Nedeljkovic gets his first NHL call up.

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The Carolina Hurricanes announced this evening the recall of goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic and the reassigning of goaltender Michael Leighton to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. This is the first NHL call up for Nedeljkovic.

The 2014 second-round pick (37th overall) and Parma, OH native is in his first professional season splitting time between the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers and the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. With Charlotte, Nedeljkovic has a 5-12-0 record, with a 3.30 goals-against average and an .884 save percentage in 18 appearances. See the official release from the team below:

CANES RECALL ALEX NEDELJKOVIC FROM CHARLOTTE

Michael Leighton reassigned to Checkers

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (nuh-DEHL-koh-vihch) from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. The team also reassigned goaltender Michael Leighton to Charlotte.

This marks the first NHL recall for the 21-year-old Nedeljkovic, the Hurricanes’ second-round (37th overall) pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Parma, OH, native has split the 2016-17 season, his first season as a professional, between Charlotte and the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. With the Checkers, Nedeljkovic (6’0”, 198 lbs.) has posted a 5-12-0 record, with a 3.30 goals-against average and an .884 save percentage in 18 appearances. In three games with the Everblades, Nedeljkovic has gone 2-0-0 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.