TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Carolina Hurricanes top prospect Elias Lindholm hopes to return to the lineup on Friday when his team battles the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second game of the Traverse City Prospects tournament here at Centre ICE Arena.
The Hurricanes coaching staff decided to sit the organization's 2013 first-round (No. 5) draft pick on Thursday as a precaution during a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers.
In July, Lindholm sustained a shoulder injury after being knocked into the boards at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., during the team's development camp. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford labeled the injury a deep bruise.
Lindholm seemed to be in good spirits following his team's triumph over the Rangers and was pretty optimistic.
"I've been on the ice back home in Sweden and when I came [back to the United States], we decided to stay off the ice a little bit and away from contact," Lindholm told NHL.com. "Hopefully, I'll play [Friday against the Blue Jackets], but we'll see. If not, maybe later in the week."
The Hurricanes are scheduled to play the Blue Jackets on Friday and the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
The 18-year-old right-handed shot can play either right wing, like he did for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League, or center as he did for his country at the 2013 World Junior Championship. There's no doubt the Carolina coaching staff will try the ultra-talented forward in both spots here in Traverse City.
"I'm going to try to make the team [out of training camp]," Lindholm said. "If I don't make it, we'll see. We'll then decide what's best for me and my development. Maybe it's to go back home to Sweden and play there. Or maybe it's playing in minors. I'm willing to do whatever it takes."