Hurricanes remove Skinner from IR, assign Sutter and Brown to Charlotte

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Friday that forward Jeff Skinner was taken off injured reserve (IR), and that forwards Patrick Brown and Brody Sutter would be assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Brown and Sutter would join the Checkers for their home opener Friday night at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

Brown made his NHL debut with Carolina on Oct. 10, and has averaged 9:37 of ice time while playing in all four of the Hurricanes’ regular season games so far this season.

In 2013-14, he scored 15 goals and earned 15 assists (30 points) in 40 games during his senior season at Boston College.

A six-foot-one-inch, 210-pound center/winger, Brown is the son of two-time Stanley Cup-champion Doug Brown, and is in his first professional season after signing with the Hurricanes as a free agent on Apr. 12, 2014.

Sutter made his NHL debut on Thursday in Carolina’s 2-1 shootout loss at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

Carolina’s seventh round pick (193rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, he is in his third full professional season and has played in all three of Charlotte’s games this year.

Sutter, a six-foot-five-inch, 203-pound center, scored eight goals and earned 20 assists (28 points) in 69 games with the Checkers in 2013-14, and has scored 12 goals and earned 22 assists in 99 career AHL games with Charlotte since turning professional.