February 04, 2009

Alumni Update: Jakub Petruzalek Called Up

Jakub has yet to make his NHL debut but he is now a step closer. He has been called-up by the Carolina Hurricanes.

From the 'Canes website:

"RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team will recall forward Jakub Petruzalek (YA-kuhb peh-troo-ZAL-ehk) from Albany of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Thursday morning. In order to make room for Petruzalek on the roster, forward Scott Walker will be placed on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury. Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour will return to Raleigh and will not be available for Thursday’s game in San Jose due to a lower-body injury.

Petruzalek, 23, ranks second among River Rats skaters this season in scoring with 34 points (12g, 22a) in 47 games. Drafted by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (266th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Petruzalek has totaled 36 goals and 73 assists (109 points) in 185 career AHL games with Hartford and Albany. The Litvinov, Czech Republic, native was acquired by Carolina in 2006 in exchange for Brad Isbister, and has yet to make his NHL debut."

Link here.

He was the 67s for only one year but I enjoyed watching him play. I always hoped he would get a shot at the NHL.

He might get his chance tomorrow when the 'Canes play the San Jose Sharks. Former team mate Lukas Kaspar is not currently on the Sharks roster.

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