Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dalpe not reporting to Plymouth

Courtesy Raleigh News & Observer

The Carolina Hurricanes won't have their second-round draft pick, forward Zac Dalpe, at training camp next month.

Dalpe informed the team Monday that he has decided to attend Ohio State this year (and not report to the Plymouth Whalers, who made him their own second-round pick in May's OHL Priority Selection), Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. Rutherford said Dalpe was offered a contract.

"I guess he can revisit it next year," Rutherford said. "We'll see how he plays next year and we'll revisit it.

"This does not change our position on drafting him or his future with us. Our staff was excited and surprised to get him in the second round. Hopefully, they were right."

Dalpe, the 45th overall pick of the 2008 NHL draft, was at the Canes' prospect camp this summer and impressed with his hustle and attitude. He had 27 goals and 36 assists in 46 games last season with Penticton (BCHL).

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