There was no bigger moment at the 2012 NHL Draft than when the host Pittsburgh Penguins dealt Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for a package that included Carolina's eighth overall pick, emerging center Brandon Sutter, and promising defensive prospect Brian Dumoulin.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Skilled group of centers
- Deep and diverse group of defensemen
- Shallow group of forwards
- Lack of goaltending depth
Legend of Players' Leagues
- Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
- Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
- Playing in NCAA
- Playing in Europe
- Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
- Not Categorized Yet
For the third consecutive year, the Carolina Hurricanes hold one of the first dozen picks of the NHL Draft. With franchise cornerstones Eric Staal and Cam Ward firmly in their prime, Carolina is looking to improve and return to the postseason in 2012-13.
One could argue that since the Hartford Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes, the franchise has never had the true number one defenseman most teams covet. Even the 2006 Stanley Cup-winning team was a mash-up of role players.
Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
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Already featuring two highly-touted blueliners in Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy, the Carolina Hurricanes list of talented defensemen has only continued to grow with the impressive production of some of their other draftees. Brian Dumoulin, Danny Biega, and Mark Alt are all 1991 birthdates who played major roles with their collegiate teams and are all on track to impact the organization in the near future.