Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Erik Karksson has split his time this season between the Frolunda Superelit team and the SHL club (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Sweden remains perfect after five games at the 2014 World Junior Championship as the team prepares for their semi-final showdown with Russia. The Swedes are in that position by virtue of their convincing 6-0 win over Slovakia in the quarterfinals.
Photo: In 2013-14, Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm has spent time with the big club as well as the Hurricanes AHL farm team, the Charlotte Checkers (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)
The 2014 edition of Sweden's World Junior Championship team sports an impressive amount of talent, although perhaps not quite on a par with the team that won the WJC in Calgary two years ago. But this year's team is meeting expectations so far as they have crafted a perfect record through three tournament games.
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: Selected first overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, center Nathan MacKinnon has made a smooth transition to the NHL level. (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference, just the top five prospects for each club are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.
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.