(Video) First NHL Goal: Nestrasil strikes in first game with Hurricanes

By Ken McKenna
Andrej Nestrasil - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrej Nestrasil spent the 2013-14 season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, posting 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 70 games (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

 

Last Thursday, forward Andrej Nestrasil was claimed on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him in 2009, by the Carolina Hurricanes. Nestrasil wasted little time in making an impact with his new team, scoring his first NHL goal in his first game with the Hurricanes in what ended up being a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Skating 3-on-3 into the Avalanche zone, Hurricanes’ forward Riley Nash sent a cross-ice pass to Nestrasil to the right of Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra. Nestrasil fired a shot that appeared to deflect off of defenseman Nick Holden and then squeaked past Berra for the goal.

Nestrasil has been developing steadily the past three seasons, splitting time between the AHL and ECHL in his first two seasons, then spending all of the 2013-14 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Czech Republic native made the Red Wings roster out of training camp, appearing in 13 games for that team before being claimed by the Hurricanes.

 

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