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Carolina top prospect Lindholm set for Traverse debut

by Mike G. Morreale /

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Elias Lindholm, a 2013 first-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, will be in the lineup on Sunday when the team plays the unbeaten Buffalo Sabres on the third day of round-robin action in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Lindholm, selected fifth in June at Prudential Center, had been limited to practice sessions since sustaining a shoulder injury during Carolina's development camp in July at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. He sat out games in Traverse City against the New York Rangers on Thursday and Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The Hurricanes enter the game with a 1-1-0 mark, while the Sabres stand 2-0-0.

The 18-year-old right-handed shot will open the game at center with left wing Brock McGinn and right wing Sergey Tolchinsky.

"I'm hopeful we'll be able to give him a shot at center or right wing during our training camp and to just see where he's at," Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller told "Once at camp, we'll have every opportunity to see where he fits in the top nine, whether it's right wing or at center. There are a couple of areas to play around with. He's definitely a guy who will play a lot of hockey prior to the season in scrimmages and exhibitions, so we'll see where he's at."

For Lindholm, the start will give him the chance to finally showcase what he can do against competition that is equal or better since closing out the 2012-13 season in Sweden.

The 18-year-old right-handed shot played wing for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League last season and center for Sweden during the 2013 World Junior Championship.

"I'm going to try to make the team [out of training camp]," Lindholm told "If I don't make it, we'll see. We'll then decide what is best for me and my development. Maybe it's go back home to Sweden and play there. Or maybe it's playing in minors. I'm willing to do whatever it takes."


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