Carolina Hurricanes’ Signing of Patrick O’Sullivan Will Pay Huge Dividends

September 18th, 2010 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
The Carolina Hurricanes added another talented member Friday to their extremely competitive upcoming training camp battle for the two remaining center positions.

The team signed 25-year-old center Patrick O'Sullivan to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay him $600,000 at the NHL level and just over $100,000 at the AHL level.

While Carolina General Manager Jim Rutherford indicated that O'Sullivan "has the ability to reach [the 20-goal mark] again", O'Sullivan will enter training camp next week as just another face in a talented group of prospects fighting for the position, including newly-acquired Jon Matsumoto, and Riley Nash, seventh-overall draft pick Jeff Skinner, 2009 injury fill-in Patrick Dwyer, and AHL "veteran" Zac Dalpe.

O'Sullivan will certainly have no guarantees of a spot. However, all the facts are pointed in the right direction for his chances not only to make the team but to truly legitimize the Hurricanes' final group of centers, already anchored by Eric Staal and Brandon Sutter.

First of all, out of the possible prospects that could fill the third and fourth-line positions, only Patrick Dwyer has more ...

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