The Hurricanes will mix it up a bit different this year, opting to play in the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase in Antioch, Tennessee instead of playing in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament held in Michigan every year. The tournament begins tomorrow in Nashville and runs through Tuesday, September 10.
The Hurricanes will be joined by the host team Nashville Predators, the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa, despite being one of the strongest teams in the NHL, still boasts an impressive amount of depth in their organization. The Predators are no slouch themselves with prospects like Eeli Tolvanen and Dante Fabbro. All eyes will be on Ilya Samsonov in net for the Capitals to see if the goaltender has made strides in his development after a rough rookie season with the Hershey Bears.
Here’s a look at who the Hurricanes will have on their roster for the tournament:
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|
How And When To Watch
All six of games will be broadcast live on Hurricanes.com with commentary. The Hurricanes schedule will be:
- Washington vs. Carolina - Saturday, Sep. 7th - 2 p.m. ET
- Tampa Bay vs. Carolina - Sunday, Sep. 8th - 5 p.m. ET
- Nashville vs. Carolina - Tuesday, Sep. 10th - 2 p.m. ET
What To Watch For
Depsite the graduation of Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov from the prospect tournament roster, there will still be plenty of intrigue and eyes on this year’s roster. Newly signed Chase Priskie will be one to watch as the Quinnipiac defenseman has an outside shot at making the Hurricanes roster on the bottom pair. If he has a strong tournament and strong training camp, it may be tough for head coach Rod Brind’Amour to send Priskie to Charlotte to start the season.
The Hurricanes’ 2019 NHL Draft first round selection, Ryan Suzuki, will also be a main focal point for fans. The speedy center has all the time to develop and mature into a potential top-six forward for the Hurricanes within the next few seasons. This is the first chance to see how Suzuki stacks up against other teams’ top prospects and even his own teammates.
Janne Kuokkanen’s return should also be a focus point. The forward was knocked out of most of last season after suffering a major surgery. The Checkers were able to survive his absence and win the Calder Cup but this year’s team is not even remotely as deep and Kuokkanen will need to step up to fill the void left behind by Andrew Poutralski and others. This is also another chance for him to prove he deserves a shot at filling a bottom six role for the Hurricanes, perhaps on a rotational basis or filling in the circumstance of injuries.