An already great month for Michal Jordan continues to get better.
With Joni Pitkanen out and Tim Gleason questionable for tonight's home game against Toronto due to injury, the Carolina Hurricanes recalled Jordan from Charlotte on Thursday. Jordan, who has five goals in nine games since earning his first career All-Star selection on Jan. 17, would make his NHL debut if in the lineup.
The 22-year-old Czech defenseman, the Hurricanes’ fourth-round pick in 2008, ranks second among active Checkers defensemen with 15 points (6g, 9a) in 48 games. His plus-11 rating ranks fourth on the team and 14th among AHL blueliners.
If he plays, Jordan would join former Checkers Justin Faulk and Bobby Sanguinetti on defense for the Hurricanes’ game against the Maple Leafs. With Dan Ellis expected to get the start in goal, Jordan would be among familiar faces.
The Checkers have already filled the void caused by Jordan’s departure, with fellow blueliner Tommi Kivisto joining the team from the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. Kivisto, 21, has one assist in six career AHL games, all of which took place this season. The Hurricanes’ seventh-round pick in 2009 has 14 points (4g, 10a) in 42 ECHL games this season.
Charlotte, which did not bring any extra skaters on its three-game road trip that starts tonight in Chicago, also recalled forward Matt Beca from the South Carolina Stingrays. Beca, who has one assist in seven games with the Checkers this season, has 33 points (12g, 11a) in 42 games with Florida and South Carolina this season, including a four-point night (1g, 3a) on Feb. 8.