The Hurricanes sent Priskie, Erik Haula, Lucas Wallmark and prospect Eetu Luostarinen to Florida on Monday for Vincent Trocheck, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Priskie was picked by the Capitals in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but after spending four seasons with Quinnipiac University, he signed with Carolina as a free agent. The 23-year-old defenseman has excelled with AHL Charlotte this year, posting 31 points over 52 games, and he'll likely start out with AHL Springfield, Florida's minor-league affiliate.
Priskie tallied a goal and an assist in AHL Charlotte's 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Priskie's minus-10 rating isn't anything to write home about, but the first year pro now has five goals and 17 points in his first 29 AHL games. Priskie, a former Quinnipiac University star and draft pick of the Capitals, signed with Carolina as an unrestricted free agent in August after playing four years of collegiate hockey. He appears just about ready to help the Hurricanes in some capacity. Expect him to make his NHL debut before the year is out.
Priskie (undisclosed) was assigned to AHL Charlotte on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old was one of the last cuts for the Opening Night roster but will start his professional career in the AHL. In 154 games in the NCAA with Quinnipiac, Priskie recorded 116 points and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in his senior year.
Coach Rod Brind'Amour said Priskie (undisclosed) is week-to-week, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Although the nature of his injury is unclear, it shouldn't keep him out too long. "I don't think it's as bad as we feared," Brind'Amour said. While this doesn't give much of a timeline, it shouldn't affect the Hurricanes since Priskie was expected to start the season with AHL Charlotte anyway.
Priskie signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Using a provision of the CBA for college players drafted at 20 years of age or older, Priskie was able to to become an unrestricted free agent Aug. 15, and it took the defenseman just two days to find his first NHL home. Priskie was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Capitals, and he most recently recorded 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 36 appearances at Quinnipiac last season, where he led the NCAA in goals for defensemen.
Priskie will not sign with the Capitals and will become a free agent Aug. 15, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Per Regan, Priskie is using a provision of the CBA afforded to college players drafted at the age of 20 or older that allows them to become unrestricted free agents if they are unsigned after Aug. 15 of their graduation year. Following a 17-goal, 39-point campaign that garnered Hobey Baker Trophy consideration, the 23-year-old defenseman has understandably decided to write his own ticket after a successful NCAA career. The Florida native should have no shortage of suitors but will likely need some time to adjust to the rigors of the pro game before being much of a fantasy asset in standard formats.