With Eddie Lack seemingly on the mend, tweeting last night that he would be able to leave the hospital today, the Carolina Hurricanes may have dodged a bullet in that his injury did not require a longer stay. However, the Canes needed to make a recall to replace Lack on the roster, which they did this morning, recalling Alex Nedeljkovic from the ECHL Florida Everblades.
Nedeljkovic makes his second appearance with the Canes this season after being called up in January while Lack recovered from a concussion. He was forced into service in Columbus on January 17 after Bill Peters pulled Cam Ward from the game. Nedeljkovic made 17 saves and allowed no goals in 29:57 of ice time. He has been playing in the ECHL since the trade deadline, when the Charlotte Checkers acquired Tom McCollum for the stretch run.
The release from the team is below.
HURRICANES RECALL ALEX NEDELJKOVIC
Goaltender recalled on emergency basis for Eddie Lack
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 from the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Nedeljkovic is being recalled on an emergency basis after Carolina netminder Eddie Lack was injured on the final play of the Hurricanes’ gameon Monday.
Nedeljkovic, 21, made his NHL debut in relief on Jan. 17 at Columbus, and made 17 saves on 17 shots faced in Carolina’s 4-1 loss. The Parma, OH, native has appeared in 25 games this season for the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL), posting an 8-14-1 record, a 3.40 goals-against average and an .881 save percentage. In 10 games with the Everblades, Nedeljokvic (6’0”, 198 lbs.) has gone 4-4-0, with a 3.64 goals-against average and an .885 save percentage. The Hurricanes drafted Nedeljkovic in the second round, 37th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.