The Carolina Hurricanes have listed Petr Mrazek as “day-to-day” after he was forced to leave yesterday’s game with an injury, and today recalled Alex Nedeljkovic to serve as Curtis McElhinney’s backup. Nedeljkovic is set to begin a second round playoff series with the Charlotte Checkers on Friday, but for now will do his best to help the NHL club. The team has also recalled Jake Bean, after Trevor van Riemsdyk also suffered an injury and will be out for some time.
Nedeljkovic, the reigning Goaltender of the Year in the AHL, recorded a .916 save percentage for the Checkers this season and is pushing hard for a full-time role in Carolina. The second-round pick has developed nicely since his junior hockey days, and could be the long term answer for the Hurricanes if they’re not able to retain Mrazek in free agency. The team wasn’t travelling with three goaltenders previous to this recall, meaning they were actually down to an emergency netminder had McElhinney also suffered an injury in yesterday’s game.
Bean meanwhile will likely serve as the team’s seventh defenseman as Haydn Fleury draws in, but could be asked to play if the team needs another body on the blue line. The 13th-overall pick from 2016 is another player pushing for a roster spot in Carolina after an outstanding 44-point rookie season in the AHL. Bean is still just 20 years old, and will likely be part of the Hurricanes defense corps for many years.