– Ron Francis
, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has assigned forwards Patrick Brown
and Brody Sutter
to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). It was also announced that forward Jeff Skinner
has been removed from injured reserve. The Checkers will play their home opener tonight at Time Warner Cable Arena as they host the Grand Rapids Griffins in the first of two games between the teams this weekend.
Brown, 22, made his NHL debut with Carolina on Opening Night, Oct. 10, and has averaged 9:37 of ice time while playing in all four of the Hurricanes’ games this season. In 2013-14, the Bloomfield Hills, MI, native scored 15 goals and earned 15 assists (30 points) in 40 games during his senior season at Boston College. Brown (6’1”, 210 lbs.), the son of two-time Stanley Cup-champion Doug Brown, is in his first professional season after having signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent on April 12, 2014.
Sutter, 23, made his NHL debut on Thursday in Carolina’s 2-1 shootout loss at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. The Viking, Alb., native is in his third full professional season and has played in all three of Charlotte’s games thus far this year. Sutter (6’5”, 203 lbs.) notched eight goals and earned 20 assists (28 points) in 69 games with the Checkers in 2013-14, and has scored 12 goals and earned 22 assists in 99 career AHL games with Charlotte since turning professional. The Hurricanes drafted Sutter in the seventh round, 193rd overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.