The Checkers saw their roster depleted due to NHL call-ups, but help is on the way after Charlotte captain Brett Sutter and Andreas Nodl both cleared waivers Thursday and were assigned to Carolina's AHL affiliate. Both are available to play tonight for the Checkers. With Tim Wallace hitting the wire as well, the Hurricanes are down to 24 players (13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies, and injured forward Tuomo Ruutu).

On top of that, all of the current Checkers who were waiver-eligible — most notably goalie Justin Peters — also cleared and will stay in Charlotte. Three Checkers forwards — Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk and Zac Dalpe — all seemed to have found a spot on Carolina's opening day roster and perhaps the Saturday's lineup, while defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti is in a battle for the No. 6 spot with returning starter Jamie McBain.

Also sticking around for now is Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy, who can play six games with Carolina before needing to reassigned to his OHL team or burning a year of his entry-level contract.

Here is the release from the Hurricanes on Nodl and Sutter being assigned to Charlotte.

HURRICANES ASSIGN NODL, SUTTER TO CHARLOTTE

Forwards available to play for Checkers tonight

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has assigned forwards Andreas Nodl and Brett Sutter to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).