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Williamsville's Poturalski gets first NHL call to Hurricanes

While the excitement in Buffalo is mostly centered on the NHL debut of Alex Nylander in the Sabres' game against the Leafs, a Western New York native also got his first recall Monday and should play his first game on Tuesday.

Williamsville native and Nichols product Andrew Poturalski has been recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes from Charlotte of the AHL and the 23-year-old center is likely to make his debut Tuesday night in the Canes' game at Minnesota.

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Poturalski has 16 goals and leads Charlotte in both assists (32) and points (48) while playing all 69 of his team's games. He signed a two-year deal with Carolina in March, 2016, after finishing second in the NCAA in scoring for New Hampshire, where he compiled 22 goals and 30 assists in 37 games. He was a first-team All-American (East) and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

Poturalski attended the Sabres' summer development camp in 2015 as an invitee. He was called up to Carolina along with former Stanley Cup champion Bryan Bickell, who is back in the NHL five months after revealing he is battling Multiple Sclerosis. The Hurricanes have three games left. They finish the season with home games against the New York Islanders and St. Louis.

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