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2019 NHL Prospects Showcase Primer

Canes head to Nashville for three-game round robin

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The sweet, melodic tunes of hockey will emanate from Music City this weekend when the Carolina Hurricanes, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning and host Nashville Predators take part in the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase.

After capturing two championships in nine years at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., the Hurricanes join the four-team Prospects Showcase, which rotates host cities each year. Smaller in scope than the Traverse City tourney, the Prospects Showcase features three games for every team against each of their three opponents.

The Hurricanes' prospect roster is highlighted by nine players drafted by the team, including Ryan Suzuki, the team's first-round pick from this summer. Defenseman Jake Bean, selected 13th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, is a late upgrade to the roster with defensive invite Merrick Rippon injured. Forward Janne Kuokkanen, selected in the second round of the same draft, will return to game action following a March surgery that prematurely ended his season. Defenseman Chase Priskie, signed by the Canes as a free agent just a few weeks ago, will make his debut with the club in the Showcase.


The Hurricanes, led behind the bench by Charlotte Checkers head coach Ryan Warsofsky, open the Showcase against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. ET. On Sunday, Sept. 8, the Canes will square off with the Tampa Bay Lightning at 5 p.m. ET. The Canes conclude the event with a 2 p.m. ET faceoff against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

All three games will be available to stream live on, and I'll be on the ground in Nashville to bring you updates and recaps from the Showcase.

2019 NHL Prospects Showcase
Saturday, Sept. 7 2 p.m. Hurricanes vs. Capitals
Sunday, Sept. 8 5 p.m. Hurricanes vs. Lightning
Tuesday, Sept. 10 2 p.m. Hurricanes vs. Predators
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