REALLY quick hits:
- The Hurricanes trimmed their roster by an additional six players yesterday, returning players to their junior teams in Canada, or in the case of Mattias Lindstrom and Gregory Hoffman, back to their European squads.
- Of the players returned to the WHL, Brody Sutter is one that many had speculated could play for the Checkers this season. Sutter, a 2011 draft pick who turns 20 in a few days, is eligible to play in the AHL this year. Instead, it appears the Hurricanes decided that his junior team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes, was a better place for him to continue developing.
- Victor Rask was also returned to his junior team, the Calgary Hitman. Rask, a Swedish prospect, had three options before camp started. He could play in his home country of Sweden, or either play in the AHL with Charlotte or a CHL team. There was much speculation which of the three scenarios would occur, with the Hurricanes hoping he would at least choose to stay in North America. It appears like Brody Sutter, the Hurricanes decided the CHL was a better development league for Rask.
- Hurricanes camp began with the big story of “Which forward makes the big club” and speculations including Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuck, Jerome Samson and Drayson Bowman, all vying for one or two roster spots. Now, another debate is centering on what defenseman might make the squad. Justin Faulk, who joined the Checkers during their playoff run, is a frontrunner for a roster spot in Raleigh, as is first-round 2011 draft pick Ryan Murphy. The Hurricanes already have seven players under contract on defense, including big-name offseason signings such as Tomas Kaberle, but with a couple of injuries and illnesses on the blue line, there’s a good shot either Murphy or Faulk could stay in Raleigh. Here’s a piece from today’s Observer about the defensive dilemma.