With the Hurricanes losing a player to injury seemingly every day, regardless of whether the team plays or not, the recalls from Charlotte are coming just as quickly.
Mere hours after summoning Riley Nash to replace Jeff Skinner
, Carolina recalled fellow center Jeremy Welsh to fill in for Tim Brent. Brent reportedly took part of the morning skate for Monday’s game in Montreal but will not play due to a lower-body injury
The recall will continue a hectic day for Welsh, who had already made two flights with the Checkers as they returned to Charlotte from a weekend road trip through the Midwest. He’ll now have to make at least one more to make it to Montreal, where he could be in the lineup for his third game in as many days.
It’s not guaranteed that Welsh will enter the Carolina lineup immediately, given the logistical problems of getting him to Montreal in time for the game and also because the Hurricanes still had 12 forwards, enough for a full lineup, after Brent’s injury.
Welsh, a 24-year-old rookie, scored three goals in the Checkers’ last two games over the weekend – the first time he has scored goals in back-to-back games this season. His goal with two and a half minutes remaining in regulation on Sunday was his 10th of the season, pulling him into seventh on the team.
Welsh has played two NHL games with Carolina since signing with the team out of Union College near the end of last season, recording four penalty minutes. He becomes the eighth player on the Hurricanes’ current roster who started the season with Charlotte.
The move leaves the Checkers with just 11 forwards, though they could conceivably get at least one back prior to departing for a two-game set in Abbotsford this weekend.