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.
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:
Fewer drafted prospects on this year's squad. Just five of the 18 players selected by @CanesNHL in the 2018+2019 drafts will be in Nashville.— Mike Sundheim (@MikeSundheim) August 21, 2019
The other 13:
* Six committed to #cawlidgehawkey
* Six playing pro in Europe
* One Svech in the NHL https://t.co/ewxDiMPPLl
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
|7||PRISKIE, Chase||D||Free Agent (8/19)||Quinnipiac||ECAC|
|24||BEAN, Jake||D||Draft ‘16 (1-13-1)||Charlotte/Carolina||AHL/NHL|
|36||PRITCHARD, Jacob||F||Free Agent (4/19)||UMass||Hockey East|
|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|
|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|
|50||HELVIG, Jeremy||G||Draft ’16 (8-134-5)||Florida/Charlotte||ECHL/AHL|
CANES ANNOUNCE PROSPECTS SHOWCASE ROSTER
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.