The Carolina Hurricanes are going to give another young forward a look, recalling Eetu Luostarinen from the minor leagues. Luostarinen is expected to make his NHL debut on Thursday night against the New York Rangers.
The 21-year old was originally selected 42nd overall in 2017, but is only in his first year of North American hockey after coming over from Finland. He signed a three-year entry-level contract in May, and has been on an early tear for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, scoring five goals and seven points in his first ten games.
For Carolina, who are still looking for an improvement to their forward group, checking out what they have in Luostarinen could be an important first step. Perhaps he could fill that role without them having to give anything up. The Hurricanes are far from out of the race, but have lost their last two games against fellow Metropolitan Division opponents.