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Hurricanes Announce 2019 Nashville Prospects Showcase Roster

The roster features eight draft picks and 12 invitees, in the Canes’ first visit to Nashville for the preseason showcase.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes released their roster for the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase in Nashville this afternoon. After years of sending their prospects to Traverse City, Mich., for the annual tournament, the Hurricanes had previously announced that they would keep it closer to home and participate in Nashville instead. The showcase takes place from September 7-10, and all games will be broadcast live on the Nashville Predators website.

The showcase also features the Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, and Tampa Bay Lightning. The tournament will rotate hosting duties between the four participants in future years.

This year’s roster for the Hurricanes includes just five of the players drafted in the last two NHL Drafts, with 2016 picks Janne Kuokkanen and Jeremy Helvig rounding out the eight Canes draftees on the roster. New signees Chase Priskie and Jacob Pritchard will debut in a Hurricanes jersey in the competition. The other 12 participants are invitees to the team, many of whom participated in the Canes’ prospect camp at PNC Arena in June. It’s a different strategy than the Canes have used in the past, when they’ve featured more draftees and junior players and a couple of invitees, but there is a good reason:

The Hurricanes will open training camp on Thursday, September 12 and will take the ice for the first time the following day at PNC Arena. The release from the team, as well as the showcase roster, is below.

2019 Nashville Prospect Showcase Roster

Number Player Position Acquired 18-19 Team League
Number Player Position Acquired 18-19 Team League
7 PRISKIE, Chase D Free Agent (8/19) Quinnipiac ECAC
24 BEAN, Jake D Draft ‘16 (1-13-1) Charlotte/Carolina AHL/NHL
32 MATTSON, Leif RW Invitee Kelowna WHL
36 PRITCHARD, Jacob F Free Agent (4/19) UMass Hockey East
38 CROSSMAN, Ethan LW Invitee Acadie-Bathurst/Baie-Comeau QMJHL
41 LANG, Martin RW Invitee Kamloops WHL
43 LUOSTARINEN, Eetu C Draft ’17 (2-42-2) KalPa Liiga
52 HENMAN, Luke C Draft ’18 (3-96-4) Blainville-Boisbriand QMJHL
58 SELLGREN, Jesper D Draft ’18 (5-166-6) Lulea HF
59 KUOKKANEN, Janne LW/C Draft ’16 (3-43-2) Charlotte/Carolina AHL/NHL
61 SUZUKI, Ryan C Draft ’19 (1-28-1) Barrie OHL
65 BULYCH, Kaleb D Invitee Vancouver WHL
67 KIELLY, Kameron C Invitee UPEI USports
73 HUTCHESON, Nolan LW Invitee Sudbury OHL
76 PELLETIER, Thomas D Invitee Drummondville QMJHL
81 REES, Jamieson C Draft ’19 (3-44-2) Sarnia OHL
82 MAIER, David D Invitee North Bay OHL
85 MURRAY, Blake C Draft ’19 (11-183-6) Sudbury OHL
87 HOEFENMAYER, Noel D Invitee Ottawa OHL
91 TOPPING, Kyle C Invitee Kelowna WHL
49 HARVEY, Samuel G Invitee Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL
50 HELVIG, Jeremy G Draft ’16 (8-134-5) Florida/Charlotte ECHL/AHL

Four-team event also includes Predators, Capitals and Lightning

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team’s roster for the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase, which takes place from Sept. 7-10 at Ford Ice Center Antioch in Nashville.

The Hurricanes’ roster for the event features eight players drafted by the team – Ryan Suzuki (2019, first round), Jamieson Rees (2019, second round), Eetu Luostarinen (2017, second round), Janne Kuokkanen (2016, second round), Luke Henman (2018, fourth round), Jeremy Helvig (2016, fifth round), Blake Murray (2019, sixth round) and Jesper Sellgren (2018, sixth round). Free-agent acquisitions Chase Priskie (Quinnipiac) and Jacob Pritchard (UMass) will also skate for Carolina in the four-team event.

This marks the first year the Hurricanes have participated in the NHL Prospects Showcase, which rotates hosting duties amongst its participants. Carolina plays its first game of the showcase against the Washington Capitals on Sept. 7 at 2 pm ET, before taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s prospects on Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. ET. The team will complete the event with a 2 p.m. ET showdown against the host Predators.

The Hurricanes 2019 Training Camp will open on Thursday, Sept. 12 with physicals and team meetings. The team’s first day on the ice will be Friday, Sept. 13, at PNC Arena.