Hurricanes assign 28, bringing Charlotte Checkers roster possibilities to a total of 33 eligible players.

After placing 11 players on waivers yesterday, the Hurricanes announced today that 28 players had been assigned to the Charlotte Checkers.  The only player on the Hurricanes roster who spent a significant amount of time in Charlotte last year that was not assigned is Drayson Bowman.  It seems the Hurricanes didn’t want to risk him to waivers, though no NHL players were claimed during the waiver process from any team yesterday.

Included in the group of 28 from Carolina are 2010-11 Rookie of the Year winner and former NHL All Star Jeff Skinner, and one-time Charlotte Checker and NCAA Champion Justin Faulk.  While their assignment doesn’t guarantee either will play in the AHL as Eric Staal did during the 2004-05 lockout, there is a very good possibility both will suit up in Charlotte.

The list of players now eligible to play in Charlotte include 28 under contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, and five players who signed AHL contracts directly with the Checkers, bringing the total to 33.  The typical AHL playing roster usually hovers between 21-23 players during the season.

I’m grateful to not be a coach, because choosing which of the 33 outstanding players to send to the Florida Everblades will be a challenge.

For a bit of NHL lockout reading as it pertains to the AHL, here are a few articles worth reading:

After the jump, you can see a list of all eligible players.  It is important to note that the checkers have only four players who qualify as AHL Veterans (Nicolas Blanchard, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Brett Sutter and Jerome Samson.  Since the AHL allows six (five regular vets and one exempt who have played over 260 games), Charlotte is not at risk for having to bench any veterans, and could even sign additional veterans should they so desire.

Players shown in italics are on AHL contracts with the Checkers, and the asterisks represent veterans.  It’s quite a roster!

Defensemen Under Contract
Pos Contract Type Notes
Brett Bellemore D 2012-13 RFA Two-way NHL
Justin Faulk D 2013-14 rfa Entry level
Marc-Andre Gragnani* D 2012-13 UFA Two-way NHL
Michal Jordan D 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Tommi Kivisto D 2013-14 RFA Entry level.  Played one yr. in WHL, currently playing in Finland.
Justin Krueger D 2012-13 RFA Two-way NHL
Austin Levi D 2014-15 RFA Entry level.  Completed four seasons with Plymouth Whalers.
Rasmus Rissanen D 2013-14 RFA Entry level
Bobby Sanguinetti D 2012-13 RFA
Beau Schmitz D 2014-15 RFA Entry level.  Previous experience with USNDT and Plymouth Whalers.
Joe Sova D 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Forwards Under Contract
Pos Contract Type Notes
Matt Beca F 2012-13 RFA Two-way AHL
Nic Blanchard * F 2013-14 UFA Two-way NHL
Zach Boychuk F 2012-13 RFA Two-way NHL
Zac Dalpe F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Sean Dolan F 2012-13 RFA AHL contract
AJ Jenks F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Riley Nash F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Victor Rask F 2014-15 RFA Enrty level
David Rutherford F 2012-13 RFA Two-way AHL
Jerome Samson* F 2012-13 UFA Two-way NHL
Justin Shugg F 2013-14 RFA Entry level
Jeff Skinner F 2018-19 UFA Entry level till 2013
Justin Soryal F 2012-13 UFA One-way AHL
Jared Staal F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Brett Sutter* F 2013-14 UFA Two-way NHL
Brody Sutter F 2014-15 RFA Entry level
Chris Terry F 2013-14 RFA Two-way NHL
Tim Wallace F 2012-13 UFA Two-way NHL
Jeremy Welsh F 2013-14 RFA
Goaltenders Under Contract
Rob Madore G 2012-13   Two-way AHL/ECHL contract
John Muse G 2012-13 RFA Two-way NHL
Justin Peters G 2013-14 UFA Two-way NHL first year, one-way NHL second year

 

 

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