Necas picked up a goal and an assist in AHL Charlotte's 3-1 win over Laval on Sunday. It was one of Necas's better performances since being sent down by Carolina in the middle of October. While his overall numbers for Charlotte are decent (12 points in 17 games), the talented Czech is still struggling with consistency issues. The Hurricanes are smartly letting Necas marinate in the minors as opposed to giving him limited, fourth-line minutes in Carolina. It remains likely that Necas will get another shot at the NHL level at some point later in the season.
Necas is expected to see significant ice time during his stint at AHL Charlotte, according to the Checkers' official site. "He wasn't getting a lot of ice time [with the Hurricanes] so Carolina wants him to come down and get more ice time here," said Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci. "Instead of five or six minutes he'll play close to 18 or 20 minutes to get used to the North American game." Necas skated in seven straight games with the Canes prior to his demotion -- and even scored his first NHL goal Oct. 16 against the Lightning -- but he was only averaging 10 minutes per game and found himself sitting on the bench a lot. With Victor Rask out indefinitely with an injured hand, the Canes are thin down the middle, which means they can't afford to keep Necas in the minors indefinitely, so expect to see him recalled sooner as opposed to later. For the time being, AHL callup Clark Bishop will center the fourth line until Necas is deemed ready to return.
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.
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