Alex Nedeljkovic, the 20-year-old with a quiet demeanor, shadow-like mustache and significantly smaller frame than all three other goaltenders at last week’s Hurricanes prospects camp was followed all week by a figurative spotlight, watched closely by coaches and fans on the PNC Arena ice each day and by television cameras in the locker room afterward.
Each April the Hartford Whalers Booster Club, now up to 59 members after dipping down to the 30s, commemorates the “FANniversary” of the last home game played by their NHL hockey team, a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay. This spring marked the 20th requiem for the Whalers.
Carolina Hurricanes fans are weary of hearing rumors about Quebec City seeking an NHL team and the Canes possibly being bought and relocated. Imagine playing hockey this past season, in Quebec, as a member of the Hurricanes’ organization.
Wednesday’s first evening of Carolina Hurricanes prospect development camp ended with defenseman Roland McKeown beating goaltender Callum Booth on a breakaway. It was an impressive move for a defenseman – and, potentially, a good omen for one of the young blueliners eyeing an open spot on the Hurricanes’ depth chart.