Necas was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Wednesday. Necas does not lack hype as the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound center is a dynamic offensive producer who boasts tremendous speed, but fantasy owners are urged to be patient with the prospect, even though he found the back of the net for his first NHL goal against the Lightning on Tuesday. His next chance to play will be Friday, when the AHL club squares off against Hershey, the top developmental affiliate of the Capitals.
Necas was held pointless for the third time in four games Tuesday against the Rangers. He skated just 8:17 and spent most of the night centering the fourth line between Phil Di Giuseppe and Brock McGinn. During the preseason, the 19-year-old Necas was being touted as someone who could center the Canes' second line after Victor Rask went down with a hand injury to start the season. While that may still happen, it's looking more and more unlikely as the team has shifted Sebastian Aho over from the wing to play in the No. 2 spot behind Jordan Staal. Given Necas' current checking-line role, his value is plummeting fast. Fantasy owners would be wise to seek other alternatives.
Necas is expected to play for the Hurricanes full time this season, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. After skating in just one game for the Canes last season, Necas was returned to the Czech league, where he recorded 17 points in 24 games for Brno Kometa. This season, with the Canes woefully thin at center following the recent loss of Victor Rask (out indefinitely with a finger injury), it seems the 19-year-old Necas is now in a prime position to land a roster spot out of training camp. So far in the preseason, he has been centering the team's third line along with Teuvo Teravainen and Warren Foegele; however, that could easily turn into a top-six assignment by the time the regular season starts.
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.
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