The Carolina Hurricanes missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season, and both their minor league affiliates – the AHL's Charlotte Checkers and the ECHL's Florida Everblades – also came up short in reaching the postseason.
So none of Carolina's North American professional prospects had the opportunity to play beyond the regular season, but several junior and international players did log some postseason time.
No Hurricanes prospect has had a bigger season – both individually and with his team – than forward Brock McGinn. Guelph stormed through the OHL playoffs, winning all four of their playoff series in just five games to advance to the Memorial Cup. But McGinn was suspended for eight games after a check to the head to Plymouth Whaler Stephen Sills and thus missed two games in the first round, the entire second round series vs. London – who, as the host city, is also playing in the Memorial Cup – and the opening game against Erie in the OHL Western Conference final. But when he has been in the lineup, McGinn has produced.
The 20-year-old forward had 12 points (six goals and six assists) in 12 games in the OHL playoffs, one of six Storm players who averaged a point per game in the tournament. McGinn has also been a standout for Guelph during the run through the 2014 Memorial Cup, and currently has one goal and four assists through three games.
Goaltender Daniel Altshuller backstopped Oshawa to the Eastern Conference finals, but his efforts were not enough to push the Generals past North Bay. Altshuller opened the series by allowing just one goal on 51 shots in a 1-0 loss, but then also lost the next two games. He missed Game 4 after suffering an injury the previous game, and Oshawa was swept in four straight. Despite that, Altshuller still finished the playoffs with an 8-3 record, 1.89 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
The Soo Greyhounds, led by free agent signee Sergey Tolchinsky, advanced to the second round of the tournament before being swept by Erie. Tolchinsky led the Greyhounds in scoring in the regular season, but was held to two goals and four assists in nine postseason games. Teammate Tyler Ganly, a 19-year-old defenseman, also registered two assists for Sault Ste. Marie.
Defensemen Trevor Carrick was dealt to Sudbury to give the team a boost down the stretch and in the postseason, but the Wolves were ousted by Barrie in five games. Carrick finished with a goal and two assists.
Boston College advanced to the Frozen Four, but lost to eventual champion Union in the national semifinal. With his collegiate career over, senior forward Patrick Brown signed an entry-level contract with Carolina as an undrafted free agent after registering a goal and an assist in three games in the NCAA Tournament. Brown also had goals in three straight games vs. Notre Dame in the Hockey East Tournament, but the Eagles fell to the Irish in three games.
Erik Karlsson and Frolunda were ousted in the quarterfinals of the SHL playoffs. Karlsson played six of seven games, scoring once while averaging a shade less than 12 minutes. That was significantly more than the 8:39 he averaged during the regular season, when his minutes bounced up and down but were usually in the single digits.
Collin Olson left Ohio State with the intention of transferring, but that did not mean he would be guaranteed a starting job when he joined the Sioux City Musketeers. Olson served behind Kyle Hayton most of the season, but started Game 3 versus Waterloo in Round 2 of the playoffs, after Hayton was disciplined for making contact with an official. Olson won the game, but he and the Musketeers were eliminated two nights later in a 5-1 loss. Olson allowed four goals on 38 shots in defeat. Those were his only two postseason starts.