The Carolina Hurricanes have turned to their AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, for a lot of call-ups this season. Injuries at the NHL level have allowed players like Michal Jordan, Chris Terry and Ryan Murphy make their debut for the Hurricanes, while other prospects are getting an extended look. One of the players making the most of his time with Carolina this season is Riley Nash, who had a goal and four points in 10 games heading in to Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
Nash is a former Edmonton Oilers draft pick who was a standout at Cornell University before turning pro. This was his third season with the Checkers, and in just 50 games he already had scored 11 goals and reached a career-high with 35 points. Nash played in five games with the Hurricanes last season, picking up one assist. His first NHL goal came in a Mar. 2 win over the Florida Panthers, a game in which he also recorded two assists. Nash and Terry spent some time playing together in Charlotte, and are getting a least a short chance to try and translate their AHL chemistry into NHL success.
While Nash was already off to a great start with the Hurricanes this season, things got even better in Tuesday’s game against the Capitals, as the young center picked up the second and third goals of his career in the second period. The Hurricanes would go on to win 4-0 and help Justin Peters earn his second career shutout. With performances like this from their prospects, the Hurricanes are not only managing to stay competitive in the standings despite injuries but also have a very bright-looking future.