The Checkers’ leading scorer is headed to the NHL as the Hurricanes have recalled forward Janne Kuokkanen.

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The 20-year-old is tied for eighth in the AHL with 27 points (11g, 16a) through 26 games this season and leads the team in goals and points while ranking second in helpers.

This marks the first NHL recall this season for Kuokkanen. A second-round selection in 2016, the Finnish forward appeared in four NHL games with Carolina last season as a rookie.

The Hurricanes are on the road Thursday in Montreal before returning home to host the Capitals on Friday. The Checkers return to action Thursday for the first of six straight home games over a 10-day stretch.
Nicholas Niedzielski
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Director of Communications Nicholas Niedzielski joined the Checkers in the summer of 2014. A Texas native, he previously worked for the AHL's Texas Stars.