Defenseman Noah Hanifin, the Carolina Hurricanes’ first-round pick in this year’s NHL Draft, will miss the upcoming Traverse City, Mich., prospects tournament because of an injury, the team said Tuesday.
Hanifin, the fifth overall pick of the draft, is expected to be ready for the start of the Hurricanes’ preseason training camp on Sept. 18, the team said. He suffered the unspecified injury last month while at USA Hockey’s evaluation camp for the World Junior Championship.
Missing the Traverse City tournament, hosted by the Detroit Red Wings, could be a setback for Hanifin, who left Boston College after his freshman year to begin his pro career. Canes coaches and management use the event for evaluation, looking to see how well prospects compete in a tournament environment, as a prelude to the team’s training camp.
Hanifin will be replaced by defenseman Tyler Ganly, the Canes said.