RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired center Vincent Trocheck from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Erik Haula, Lucas Wallmark and Eetu Luostarinen and defenseman Chase Priskie.
"Vincent brings elements of skill and competitiveness that fit the mold of the style we want to play," said Waddell. "He's a right-handed center who is excellent in the face-off circle. With two years left on his contract after this one, this fills a need for our roster for this year and moving forward."
Trocheck, 26, is in his seventh NHL season and has netted 10 goals and added 26 assists (36 points) in 55 games. The Pittsburgh native is sixth among Panthers skaters in assists, seventh in scoring and third in face-off percentage (52.3%). Florida's third-round pick (64th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Trocheck (5'10", 183 lbs.) has appeared in 420 career NHL games with Florida, totaling 111 goals and 171 assists (282 points) and appearing in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Trocheck has represented the United States at two major international competitions, winning gold at the 2013 World Junior Championship and participating in the 2014 IIHF World Championship. He also played for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Prior to turning professional, Trocheck led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring with 109 points (50g, 59a) in 63 games with Saginaw and Plymouth in 2012-13, winning the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's most outstanding player.