Saarela and Calvin de Haan were dealt to Chicago from Carolina in exchange for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling on Monday. Saarela racked up 30 goals and 54 points in 69 games for AHL Charlotte last season but has yet to make his NHL debut. The 22-year-old likely could've fought for a bottom-six spot during the preseason with the Hurricanes. Chicago drafted Saarela's brother, Antti, this weekend at the 2019 NHL Draft.
Saarela was demoted to AHL Charlotte on Sunday. Saarela made his NHL debut in Game 5 on Saturday, recording a hit in 9:10 of ice time. A third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old scored 54 points in 69 games at the AHL level this season.
Saarela will make his NHL debut Saturday for Game 5 against the Capitals. Saarela was highly productive in the minors this campaign, racking up 30 goals and 54 points in 69 appearances. The 22-year-old Finn will slot into a bottom-six role Saturday, skating with Greg McKegg and Patrick Brown on the Hurricanes' fourth line against Washington.
Saarela was called up from AHL Charlotte on Friday. With the Hurricanes getting set for Saturday's pivotal Game 5 versus the Capitals, Saarela -- a notable Finnish prospect who fashioned 54 points (30 goals, 24 assists) for Charlotte this year -- will be available as needed. Saarela's chances of seeing game action largely depend on the status of Jordan Martinook, who is currently bogged down by a lower-body injury.
Saarela was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Friday. The Canes activated Marcus Kruger (lower body) from injured reserve, which made Saarela expendable. The youngster will rejoin the Checkers, for whom he's racked up 13 goals and six helpers in 31 outings. The 20-year-old should remain atop the short list of potential recalls throughout the rest of the season.
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