With the release of Cam Ward from the Canadian World Junior Team camp, the Hurricanes were left with two players going to Finland for the yearly exhibition of top prospects from around the world. One will play for the US and the other for Switzerland. Both players figure prominently in their teams’ plans.
Danny Richmond, D, USA
6’0″ 181 lbs
Drafted 2nd Round 31st Overall 2003
London Knights, OHL
Danny Richmond, the 2001-02 USHL rookie of the year joins medal favorite Team USA as they try to improve on last year’s fourth place finish. Richmond is in his first OHL season after leaving the University of Michigan Wolverines to play for the London Knights. This season Richmond has 7 goals, 12 assists for 19 points in 29 games with the Knights.
Richmond is a fine skater with good puck moving and offensive capability. He should figure prominently on the powerplay and be a catalyst in carrying the puck out of the American zone. Richmond is part of a very strong blueline with prospect notables Mark Stuart (BOS), Ryan Suter (NAS) and James Wisneiwski.
Daniel Manzato, G, Switzerland
6’0″ 175 lbs
Drafted 5th Round 160th Overall 2002
Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL
Daniel Manzato, the Hurricanes second goalie selection in 2002 (after Cam Ward) is the go-to guy in the Swiss net due to the possible season-ending hip injury suffered by projected Swiss starter Tobias Stephan. He is having a challenging season in the QMJHL for the last place Victoriaville Tigres with 7 wins 13 losses with a 4.00 GAA in 23 contests.
The Swiss contingent is known for playing a strong defensive game, which should provide assistance to Manzato in net. He is not a rookie to the World Juniors, going 1-1-0 and a 3.00 GAA for the Swiss Junior team in 2003.