College Hockey:
Minnesota-Duluth loses another, Faulk signs with Carolina

Minnesota-Duluth lost its second player in as many days to the NHL as freshman defenseman Justin Faulk signed with the Carolina Hurricanes Friday.

Faulk will immediately join the Hurricanes’ top minor-league affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League, for the Calder Cup playoffs.

“Justin is a gifted offensive defenseman who excels on the power play and has a big shot from the point,” said Carolina assistant GM Jason Karmanos in a statement. “He had a hugely successful year at Duluth and with his strength and build, we feel that he is ready to begin his professional career.”

Faulk led all Bulldogs defensemen in goals (8), assists (25) and points (33) in 39 games and tied for sixth among NCAA defensemen, first among freshman blueliners and tied for eighth among all first-year NCAA skaters in scoring (33 points).

Carolina drafted Faulk in the second round (37th overall) in the 2010 NHL draft.

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  • Anegadatortola

    goodluck in the show justin, g&d

    • Sueh8ter

      only major league baseball is called “the show”.

  • GoDawgs!!

    Dogs will be fine next year and a preseason top 3 pick. My guess is that DU will be consensus preseason #1 followed by either UMD and UND. UMD did have a slide after the ’04 FF but they lost a lot of leadership in that senior class and there were “issues” and “distractions” with the returning players. The kids at UMD returning are solid characters. UMD’s question marks will be D since they’ve lost 2 to early signings and 2 to graduation. They only have 3 returning D that played this year. But look for Luke McManus (redshirt freshamn) to step in and make an immediate impact as well as Andy Welinski to step right in. Also they have Kenny Reiter returning who just won a national championship and Matt McNeely coming in as a freshman (US National U-18 team and a Central Scouting rated top 5 goalie for North America) so goaltending should be solid. Forwards will be very good still despite losing Mike and Fontaine. Watch for Caleb Herbert to step in as a freshman on the #1 line with JT and Jack. 2nd and 3rd lines line will be more than solid with Oleksuk, Seidel, Basaraba, Tardy, Hendrickson, Grun, Flaherty and Delisle all returning. Returning forwards on 3rd and 4th lines will be fighting for ice time – a good problem to have.

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