As Charlotte Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci stated after Checkers Camp this morning, cuts were expected. The Carolina Hurricanes announced they have sent Jake Bean, Julien Gauthier and Clark Bishop to Charlotte. The Hurricanes also assigned Trevor Carrick to Charlotte but he will be required to clear waivers first.
The Hurricanes roster has now been trimmed down to 31 players. Vellucci praised Bishop after Checkers Camp this morning, saying he was impressed by the forward’s play last night in Nashville. Bean will now begin his first professional season and is expected to play big minutes with Charlotte. Gauthier was not expected to make the team this year and will need to improve after he struggled in Charlotte last season. Carrick will likely clear waivers and play a prominent role for the Checkers this season.
Here are some takeaways from Checkers Camp this morning:
Vellucci on players still vying for a spot in Raleigh: “To say you’re just going to go in there and be in the top-6 when they have Ahos and Teravainens, that’s not realistic. You need to make sure you have a complete game.” @CanesCountry— #WhyNot? (@LankyLape) September 26, 2018
On Warren Foegele: “Foegs is a Hurricane. He brings it every night. I just talked to a couple guys who got sent down now and they may have more skill than [him] but they don’t have the intensity every game and bringing it every night.” @CanesCountry— #WhyNot? (@LankyLape) September 26, 2018
The Hurricanes press release is below:
Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has assigned forwards Clark Bishop and Julien Gauthier and defenseman Jake Bean to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). The Hurricanes have also assigned defenseman Trevor Carrick to Charlotte, pending waivers.