Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 03/28/10 at 11:07 PM ET
Zac Dalpe, who was Carolina’s second round selection in the 2008 entry draft has made an immediate and big impact with the Albany River Rats.
He left Ohio State, signed an entry-level contract which kicks in next season, and is playing the remainder of the season with the Rats on an amateur tryout. Through five games, he’s tallied six (5/1) points including a hat trick on Saturday. Not bad for a 20-year old kid.
The Rats are one win away from clinching a Calder Cup playoff berth, and will most likely end up with home-ice advantage in the first round.
Dalpe has attended each of the past two training camps in Raleigh by paying his own way. It’s not exactly common practice for an unsigned draftee to do this, but it shows a lot of dedication on his part. He’ll be there on the Hurricanes’ dime this summer, and he might be in the running for one of the roster spots in Raleigh. He’s certainly already turned heads.
Carolina’s first round pick from 2008 was Zach Boychuk, who enjoyed a meteoric rise of his own. After less than a full season with the Rats, he’s already found a permanent spot on the big team and has acquitted himself very well.
As the NHL season winds down and the Hurricanes are clearly going to be on the golf course, I’ll turn my focus to the future Canes
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.