The Carolina Hurricanes have a lot of young talent. Most of that talent has gathered in Raleigh and is participating in the team’s training camp which started on Friday.
Ask any of the youngest players and they will all tell you the same thing. Their number one goal is to make this hockey team.
Nicolas Roy, Julien Gauthier, Sergey Tolchinsky, Valentin Zykov, and others all have designs on taking a position with the Hurricanes, the problem is that there are not many spots, if any open.
Assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour summed it up pretty well after practice.
“I remember my training camps when I first started, there were a lot of spots open and everyone was fighting for them and you didn’t know who was going to get them. The game has changed now and we pretty much know who our team will be, but there is always that one or two spots open. There is stuff available, but it’s tough. They have to play in games to see who is going to be on the team.”
Those games are coming up very quickly as the Hurricanes will be traveling to Washington for a preseason game on Monday night and then Tampa Bay for another game on Tuesday.
But first the team will put on a show in front of their fans on Sunday at the PNC.
The roster has been released and it looks like mostly prospects will be competing in the scrimmage. Nedeljkovic and Booth will split time in net for the White while Altshuller and Helvig will backstop red.
Cam Ward, Eddie Lack, and Michael Leighton will be sitting this one out.
The roster follows-
The team has already had some scrimmaging the first two days. During those brief intra-squad scrimmages, Jaccob Slavin made some pretty slick passes, a couple of which Tolchinsky took advantage of for two goals.
The two players missing so far, Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, are both in town and expected to join the team on Monday.
Brind’Amour spoke with the media after the final practice on Saturday.