Quinnipiac forward Skyler Brind’Amour has joined the Charlotte Checkers on a professional tryout (PTO), leaving the Edmonton Oilers behind. Originally drafted in the 6th round by the Oilers in 2017, Brind’Amour recently declined to sign a deal with the team, making him a free agent come August.
The decision to join the Carolina Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, the Checkers, may not come as a complete shock considering Skyler’s family ties. His father, Rob Brind’Amour, is the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, which likely influenced Skyler’s choice to sign a tryout with the Hurricanes’ affiliate team.
During his four years at Quinnipiac University, Skyler Brind’Amour showcased his talent on the ice. In his most recent season, he scored 14 goals and contributed 18 assists for a total of 32 points in 41 games played. Skyler played an integral role in helping Quinnipiac win their first-ever NCAA National Championship this past season.
With the Oilers left to ponder what could have been, the Checkers are undoubtedly excited to welcome Skyler Brind’Amour to their roster. As Skyler embarks on this new chapter in his hockey career, his performance with the Checkers will determine whether he will follow in his father’s footsteps and eventually join the Carolina Hurricanes.