Necas was returned to HC Kometa Brno on Sunday. After only skating in one game for Carolina, the 2017 first-round pick will play this season in the top professional league in the Czech Republic, his home country. Last season, Necas recorded 15 points in 41 games for Kometa Brno, and added four goals in the playoffs as well.
Necas is on the Hurricanes' roster to start the season, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The youth movement in Raleigh continues this season, with Necas (18 years old) and fellow rookies Janne Kuokkanen (19) and Haydn Fleury (21) all landing Opening Night roster spots. Necas, who played in the Czech league last season, could still be sent back to his home country if the Canes decide not to keep him after nine games, or he could wind up in the AHL. In the meantime, it's unclear whether Necas will be used in a scoring-line or checking-line capacity, so he still does not boast a ton of fantasy value at this point.
Necas could find himself on the Hurricanes' roster to open the season, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The 18-year-old Necas, who spent last season in the Czech league playing for HC Kometa, was a longshot candidate to crack the Canes' roster this season. However, with Lee Stempniak out for possibly an extended period with hip and back soreness, Necas may be needed when the Canes open the season Oct. 7 against Minnesota. If the team decides not to keep him, it could return him to his home country to play another year in the Czech league, or assign him to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. From a fantasy perspective, there are still too many question marks surrounding Necas' immediate future for him to be an attractive pickup option in most single-season leagues.
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