RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has assigned forward Lucas Wallmark to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Checkers host the Ontario Reign tonight at Bojangles Coliseum, as they continue their push for the Calder Cup playoffs.
Wallmark, 21, made his NHL debut in Carolina's 8-4 victory against the Islanders on Monday, and registered his first NHL point with an assist against the Islanders on Tuesday. The Umea, Sweden, native leads the Checkers with 21 goals this season, ranks second on the team with 39 points and leads all team forwards with a plus-7 plus/minus rating. Wallmark is in his first North American season after playing the last three seasons primarily with Lulea of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). The Hurricanes drafted Wallmark (6'0", 176 lbs.) in the fourth round, 97th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft. He has represented Sweden at eight international tournaments, including the 2014 and 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships.