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2019 NHL Prospects Showcase: Preview, Roster, Players To Watch

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Here’s what to watch for as the 2019 prospects showcase kicks off this weekend in Tennessee.

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

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

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.