The Carolina Hurricanes have one bold, italicized line on their to-do list for the 2014-15: return to the postseason. That is not very different from what the team’s goal has been for much of the past five seasons, but this year has a different feel with new men in charge as general manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters now run things in the front office and on the ice, respectively.
A selection of prospects from eight NHL teams have descended on Traverse City, MI for the 2014 edition of that city’s annual prospects tournament. Futures from the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues will battle it out for prospect supremacy at the biggest of the NHL prospects tournaments. Read more»
The one place the Carolina Hurricanes have benefited from five seasons out of the postseason is in the prospect department. Carolina has selected in the top 12 in four of the last five drafts, giving them a core of solid young players on which to rebuild the franchise and return to the playoffs.
It is a new era in Carolina. The only general manager the team has known since its move to Raleigh, Jim Rutherford, retired then later surprisingly took the same job with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rutherford's heir apparent, former captain Ron Francis, has taken the reins and is charged with overseeing the Hurricanes' draft.