Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford announced from Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday that the team had assigned forwards Riley Nash and Jeremy Welsh to the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate club, the Charlotte Checkers.
Following the third day of training camp that consisted of an intrasquad scrimmage at Raleigh Center Ice, the two forwards return to reinforce the Checkers lineup and were the first two deletions from the Hurricanes’ camp roster.
Nash is currently tied for sixth among Charlotte skaters with 21 points (7g, 14a) and is tied for second among team forwards with a plus-8 plus/minus rating.
Carolina acquired Nash from Edmonton on June 26, 2010, in exchange for a second-round draft pick and the young forward made his NHL debut in 2011-12, earning one assist in five games with the Hurricanes.
Upon completing a three-year collegiate career with Union College (ECAC) where he scored 100 points (53g, 47a) in 119 games, Welsh is in his first full professional season and has 13 points (6g, 7a) in 37 games played for Charlotte.
The rookie made his debut for the Hurricanes in the team’s final game of the 2011-12 season, skating 16:32 of ice time and totaling four penalty minutes.
Currently sitting in first place in the AHL’s Western Conference South Division, Charlotte will welcome the return of both centers for a three-game homestand that starts against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday.
Carolina enters the latter part of its condensed training camp schedule with further roster cuts to be made as the team continues to prepare to open the regular season in South Florida against the Florida Panthers on Saturday.