The Canes announced Thursday the team has claimed Andrej Nestrasil on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, adding more depth at forward.
Nestrasil, 23, was to join the Hurricanes on their road trip and be available for the game Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche.
Canes coach Bill Peters, an assistant coach with the Red Wings the past three seasons, said Nestrasil could be a good addition and bring more size to the lineup.
“He’s a big, strong kid,” Peters said Thursday. “He’s heavy on the puck and he hangs on to it. He’s got a good skill set. He’s pretty versatile and can play on the power play.”
Nestrasil, 6-3 and 200 pounds, made his NHL debut in Detroit’s season opener on Oct. 9 and has earned two assists in 13 games with the Red Wings this season.
The Prague, Czech Republic, native spent the 2013-14 season with Detroit’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, finishing with 16 goals and 20 assists in 70 regular-season games. Nestrasil tied for fourth in scoring among Griffins skaters in the postseason with six points in 10 Calder Cup playoff games.
The Red Wings selected Nestrasil in the third round, 75th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft. Since turning professional in 2011-12, he has scored 22 goals and earned 24 assists in 120 AHL regular-season games, and captured the AHL’s Calder Cup championship with the Griffins in 2013.
Nestrasil represented the Czech Republic at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, and the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championship.