Photo: Forward Elias Lindholm has gradually found his footing at the NHL level. Selected fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, Lindholm currently has four goals and eight assists through 35 NHL games. (courtesy of Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
The good news for the Carolina Hurricanes is they have several players younger than 25 – two at the top of this ranking – who have contributed for them in the NHL this season. The big question is how many of the rest will eventually make their way to Raleigh.
Photo: Signed to an entry-level contract in August, forward Sergey Tolchinksy has been a revelation in his second season of junior hockey. The young Russian has 39 points through 24 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Carolina Hurricanes possess six prospects at the Canadian major junior level, all of whom are playing in the OHL. There are three forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender. Two of the prospects, Sergey Tolchinsky and Tyler Ganly, are teammates on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Photo: Rookie defenseman Ryan Murphy began the 2013-14 season in the NHL and has looked very good so far. Murphy was the 12th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)
With the lack of high-end talent in their farm system and an urgent need for game changers at the professional level, the Carolina Hurricanes find themselves in a familiar position. The organization made bold moves by putting top prospects Ryan Murphy and Elias Lindholm on their NHL roster to start the 2013-14 season. Now once again, the minor ranks are depleted of high-end talent and the Hurricanes' success relies on several rookies making an immediate impact.
Photo: Forward Victor Rask is now in his first full season of professional hockey. Rask spent the majority of the past two seasons playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. (courtesy of Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images)
With a top-six group that appears set for the foreseeable future, the Carolina Hurricanes are desperate for scoring help from their bottom-six. The organization is also looking for one of their numerous defensive prospects to become an everyday defenseman in the NHL.
Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Sergey Tolchinsky had a productive first season in the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Sergei Tolchinsky is one of the series of ’95-born Russian players who crossed the pond last summer to have a better chance of being drafted into the NHL. Some of them didn’t have luck, like Vladimir Ionin, but others managed to win a spot on a team without standing out too much (think about players like Vladimir Bryukvin or Sam Babintsev), while others became impact players. Sergei Tolchinsky belongs to this latter category, with other players like Valentin Zykov and Nikita Zadorov.