Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 04/16/10 at 11:49 PM ET
On Friday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they’ve signed defenseman Michal Jordan to a three-year entry level contract. His Plymouth Whalers were eliminated from the OHL playoffs by the Windsor Spitfires, and he wasted no time in getting a professional contract. The 19-year old will report to Albany and join the Rats in the Calder Cup playoffs.
Like Zac Dalpe, the remainder of this playoff season doesn’t count as far the organ-eye-zational payroll is concerned. He’s technically on an amateur tryout contract until his two-way contract kicks in next season.
Jordan, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 entry draft, could have played one more season in the Ontario Hockey League, but there’s a lack of blue line depth in the Canes system, so it’s a good thing. He’s a little on the small side, at just 180 pounds, but he’s 6’1” and will probably grow a little taller and certainly heavier. He’s just 19 years old and will be quite a ways away from being ready for the NHL.
Jordan has an impressive offensive upside, as he registered 32 (13/19) points in 41 regular season games from the back end this season and five (0/5) points in nine games from this season’s playoffs. He’s also been a prominent member of the Czech Republic U-20 team, captaining that team at the 2010 World Juniors.
I can only imagine that Jordan will be part of the “in residence” squad and won’t see any ice time this spring, but anything could happen.
Depending on how free agency goes, the Hurricanes blueline will probably see a major overhaul before the start of the 2010-11 season, and that probably means many of the Rats will be on the big team. This probably means that Michal Jordan should see serious time in Charlotte next season. If things go as badly, injury-wise, as they did this season, he may even see some time on the big team.
The obvious question is will he wear the number 23? Although his number is listed as 47 on the organization’s chart, he has actually worn that number for the Czech Republic. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll ever wear 23 for the Canes/Checkers, though.
Still, the Checkers should be able to take advantage of his very familiar name.
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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.