|Colleen Hamilton |
The Carolina Hurricanes had four prospects named to preliminary rosters for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will take place in Montreal and Toronto from December 26 to January 5. Three out of the four Hurricanes prospects were drafted this past June, and here’s a look at their seasons so far.
Haydn Fleury, D, Canada
Haydn Fleury was drafted by the Hurricanes seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Fleury is in his third full season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and ranks third among team defensemen in scoring with 12 points (1g, 11a) in 27 games. His performance this season landed him a spot on Team WHL’s roster for the Subway Super Series.
Last year, Fleury played for Canada in the World Junior U18 Championship and was named the tournament’s best defenseman. He also played in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and helped Canada bring home the gold medal.
Alex Nedeljkovic, G, United States of America
Alex Nedeljkovic, the Hurricanes’ 37th overall draft choice this year, is in his third season with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. As reigning OHL Goaltender of the Year, Nedeljkovic has once again been solid in net for the Whalers, boasting a 3.30 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in 23 games this season.
Nedeljkovic has been successful while defending the net for Team USA in previous outings. In the 2013 World Junior U18 Championship, Nedeljkovic was a part of the gold medal squad, with his 1.84 GAA ranking the best of the tournament.
Lucas Wallmark, C, Sweden
Since being drafted by the Hurricanes in the fourth round of this year’s draft, Lucas Wallmark returned to Sweden for his second season with Lulea HF of the Swedish Hockey League. Wallmark has 11 points (4g, 7a) in 26 games.
In addition to playing in the SHL, Lulea HF is one of the 44 teams playing in the Champions Hockey League tournament. Wallmark is one of the tournament’s top point producers with 11 points (5g, 6a) in nine games.
This will be Wallmark’s second go-around representing Sweden at the World Junior Championship. Last year, Wallmark and fellow Hurricane Elias Lindholm won the silver medal, with Wallmark tallying 8 points (3g, 5a) in the tournament.
Sergey Tolchinsky, RW, Russia
Sergey Tolchinsky, who signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent in August 2013, is in his third season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 19-year-old Russian prospect leads the Greyhounds in points with 44 (16g, 28a) through 29 games. Tolchinsky has points in 22 of the team’s 29 games, including four game-winning goals.
Representing his home country is nothing new to Tolchinsky. He recently skated with Team Russia in the annual Subway Super Series, notching two assists in Russia’s 4-0 win over Team OHL. He also played for Russia in the 2013 World Junior U18 Championship, the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2012 World Hockey Challenge, finishing with at least three points in each of those tournaments.