Andrew Poturalski has finished his two-game audition, and now the Carolina Hurricanes are giving Sergey Tolchinsky a similar cup of coffee as they enter the final weekend of the season. The Canes reassigned Poturalski, the Charlotte Checkers’ leading scorer, back to the AHL on Friday and called up Tolchinsky for his second tour of duty in the NHL.
Tolchinsky has 22 points in 57 games with the Checkers this season. He played two games with the Hurricanes last March and April, earning an assist in a 4-3 Canes win over the Rangers. The Checkers, meanwhile, can certainly use Poturalski, facing a weekend series with Texas and hanging onto the final Central Division playoff spot by a single point with five games to go.
The release from the team is below.
CANES RECALL SERGEY TOLCHINSKY FROM CHARLOTTE
Andrew Poturalski 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 forward Sergey Tolchinsky from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also reassigned forward Andrew Poturalski to Charlotte.
Tolchinsky, 22, is in his second full professional season and has scored seven goals and earned 15 assists (22 points) in 57 games with the Checkers this season. He made his NHL debut with Carolina on March 31, 2016, and earned one assist in his two games last season with the Hurricanes. The Moscow native has scored 21 goals and earned 37 assists (58 points) in 130 career AHL regular-season games with Charlotte. Carolina signed Tolchinsky (5’8”, 170 lbs.) as a free agent in August 2013.