One of the Checkers’ few remaining scorers is headed back to Carolina.
Ahead of the Hurricanes’ Thursday night home match-up with Montreal, the team recalled center Jeremy Welsh after a pair of centers – Tim Brent and Riley Nash – were deemed questionable to face the Canadiens due to injury and illness, respectively.
Welsh, 24, has six points (4g, 2a) in his last six games at the AHL level, marking the most offensively productive stretch of his rookie season. He ranks second among active Checkers with 11 goals and five power-play goals, including one in Norfolk on Wednesday.
The recall is Welsh’s third of the season. He has yet to record a point in four games played this season.
With Brent and Nash roughly day-to-day at this point, it’s possible Welsh or another Checkers player currently with Carolina could return in time for Charlotte’s next game against Houston on Saturday. If not, the Checkers will need to find another forward to fill out their lineup, having already used six forwards who started the season in the ECHL for their 3-2 overtime win on Wednesday.
Welsh joins forwards Nash, Drayson Bowman, Brett Sutter and Tim Wallace, defensemen Justin Faulk and Bobby Sanguinetti and goalies Dan Ellis and Justin Peters as Canes players who began the season in Charlotte.
Of the 19 healthy players on Charlotte’s roster, only 10 started the season at the AHL level.