RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (nuh-DEHL-koh-vihch) from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.
The team also reassigned goaltender Michael Leighton to Charlotte.
This marks the first NHL recall for the 21-year-old Nedeljkovic, the Hurricanes’ second-round (37th overall) pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
The Parma, OH, native has split the 2016-17 season, his first season as a professional, between Charlotte and the ECHL’s Florida Everblades.
With the Checkers, Nedeljkovic (6’0″, 198 lbs.) has posted a 5-12-0 record, with a 3.30 goals-against average and an .884 save percentage in 18 appearances. In three games with the Everblades, Nedeljkovic has gone 2-0-0 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage, along with a goal.
Nedeljkovic played for the Jets during the 2012-13 NA3HL season. If he plays an NHL game, he’ll be the second former Metro player to make the NHL, joining Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Steven Oleksy.