RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team's roster for the 2017 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, MI. The tournament is hosted annually by the Detroit Red Wings and will take place Sept. 8-12.
The Hurricanes' squad for the 2017 tournament includes 17 players drafted by Carolina, including first-round draft picks Haydn Fleury (2014 - 7th overall), Jake Bean (2016 - 13th overall), Julien Gauthier (2016 - 21st overall) and Martin Necas (2017 - 12th overall) and second-round pick Janne Kuokkanen (2016 - 43rd overall). In addition to Necas, several members of Carolina's 2017 NHL Draft class will be making their debuts in a Hurricanes sweater at the tournament, including Morgan Geekie (third round, 67th overall), Stelio Mattheos (third round, 73rd overall) and Brendan De Jong (sixth round, 166th overall).
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Mike Vellucci, head coach of Carolina's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, will serve as head coach for the Hurricanes' team. All of the teams in tournament will be comprised of drafted players and signees, as well as amateur tryout invitees. A limited number of players with prior professional experience - in no case more than one full season - are eligible to compete.
The Hurricanes will open tournament play on Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m., against the Red Wings. Carolina will then take on the NY Rangers at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, before finishing round-robin play against Chicago on Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Once the eight teams have finished round-robin play in two groups, each team will play a final game on Tuesday, Sept. 12, to determine final tournament ranking. All games will take place at Centre Ice Arena, the training camp home of the Red Wings. Click here for more information on the 2017 NHL Prospects Tournament.