Aleksi Saarela, the former Carolina Hurricanes prospect, looks to make the best of his situation in Chicago. Although Saarela was unhappy being stuck with the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, there is a path to the NHL in Chicago. This talented forward has put in the work this preseason and will likely get a call-up sooner rather than later.
As you can see, Saarela has a lot of skill and a knack for getting the puck in the net. He was quite the goal scorer with the Charlotte Checkers. Even though he is not that big, he makes up for it with his skating ability. His hands and stick handling are phenomenal. Elite Prospects describes Saarela as “a dangerous forward that creates energy through scoring chances.”