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‘Canes send ’13 first-rounder Lindholm to AHL

Nov 6, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: Elias Lindholm #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammates after scoring a second period goal against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes have sent forward Elias Lindholm — the fifth overall pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — to AHL Charlotte, the club announced on Wednesday.

In Lindholm’s place the ‘Canes called up Charlotte’s leading goalscorer, Chris Terry.

Lindholm, 18, has appeared in 10 games for Carolina this season, scoring 1G-1A. He missed some time early in the season with a shoulder ailment and has yet to find his groove at the NHL level, going scoreless in his last three games while playing just 11:32 in Tuesday’s 2-1 OT win over Philly.

Though he’s only 18, Lindholm is eligible to be sent to the AHL because he spent the last two seasons playing for Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League.


  1. esracerx46 - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Did they change the rules with draft year players? I thought they were ineligible to play in the AHL. Thought it was NHL or Europe/junior?

    • storminator16 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      No, that is only a CHL/AHL agreement. Everyone else is exempt.

      • storminator16 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        I.e., only guys who still have played the previous season in the OHL, WHL, or QMJHL are forced to continue to play in those leagues if they are under the age of 20.

      • esracerx46 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        After more research and actually reading all of Halford’s article it has to do with professional time. So it does not appear to be just a chl/ahl agreement.

  2. storminator16 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Lindholm hasn’t played bad but he could use a confidence building stint in Charlotte as he will get top line minutes there. Kid is going to be a complete player.

  3. davebabychreturns - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Only for players who were taken in the CHL draft.. Presumably Lindholm wasn’t taken in the import draft just like (as I recall) Nikita Filatov who also played in the A as a teenager.

  4. lonespeed - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Chris Terry has been dominating in Charlotte for two-seasons. I’ve never understood why they haven’t given him a fair chance to stay in Raleigh. I was at his debut last year and I thought his positioning and play making ability were very good. I think he could even find a place on the third line. Certainly the fourth line.

    Dropping Lindholm down to Charlotte is also a very good thing. He can get a lot more ice time and play with some older players so he’s more prepared when he comes back later in the year.

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