The Carolina Hurricanes released their 2022-23 training camp today. The roster is comprised of 47 skaters and six goaltenders. The full roster can be found here. Although the roster isn’t full of too many surprises, there are still a few very important things to note.
The most interesting being that Hurricanes defenseman Jake Gardiner is not listed on the training camp roster. Gardiner spent the entirety of last season on LTIR and it looks as if that will be the case again this year. Interestingly enough, forward Max Pacioretty is listed on the roster despite not being able to play until early 2023 due to a torn Achilles.
Former Hurricane Calvin de Haan will be attending training camp on a professional tryout. De Haan signed to a 4-year deal with the Canes in 2018 before being traded to the Blackhawks after just one season with the club. Forward Derek Stepan is also attending camp on a PTO. Stepan was signed to a 1-year deal in July of 2021 and scored 19 points in 58 games with the Hurricanes last season. The veteran looks to once again earn an NHL contract.
Ryan Dzingel last played for the Hurricanes in 2021 and re-signed with the team on a 2-way deal this past summer after short tenures in Ottawa, Arizona, Toronto, and San Jose. It will be interesting to see if Dzingel can earn a roster spot as the forward struggled his first go-around with the team. Dzingel had 33 points in 75 games as a Cane.
Standout prospect Jack Drury (2018 R2) is expected to make the opening night roster and training camp will be a make or break moment for him. Drury had one of the most memorable moments of the season last season after scoring in his first career NHL game. Other notable prospects, among others, are Jamieson Rees (2019 R2) and Noel Gunler (2020 R2). Although it’s a long shot, they both have the ability to impress the coaching staff and potentially earn a roster spot.
The Canes have many positional battles but the most important one will be the third defense pair. As of now, it looks to be Ethan Bear and newcomer Dylan Coghlan on that pairing, but those spots are very much up in the air. Especially with the rumors of the Vancouver Canucks still having significant interest in trading for Bear.
Training camp begins at Invisalign Arena on September 22nd and the Hurricanes’ first preseason game will be on September 27th against Tampa Bay.