Photo: Though the Columbus Blue Jackets added several important prospects this past off-season, none were more prominent than defenseman Ryan Murray, who was selected second overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Below is the bottom third of the NHL Team Rankings in terms of prospects as voted on by 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 a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.
Photo: Harvard University defenseman and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Danny Biega appears to be developing into a solid, all-around defender (courtesy of Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)
After a slow start to his collegiate career, Harvard’s Danny Biega has emerged as one of the top power-play quarterbacks and offensive weapons on a collegiate blueline.
Photo: Forward Zac Dalpe is one of several Carolina prospects to see his plans for the 2012-13 season derailed by the ongoing lockout. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The 2012-13 NHL lockout has had a major impact on many of the young players with the Carolina Hurricanes. Ryan Murphy, the club's top prospect, would have gone into the season hoping to make a good enough impression at the Carolina Hurricanes training camp to perhaps lock down a spot with the big club. The NHL lockout however prevented those hopes from even getting off the ground and the gifted young defenseman was forced to return to junior.
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jaccob Slavin, shown here at their prospect camp, will move on to Colorado College in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Jamie Kelleher/HF)
Better and better.
That is how Chicago Steel head coach Scott McConnell describes defenseman Jaccob Slavin’s game.
Yet another talented defensive prospect in the Carolina system, Ryan Murphy's NHL debut may not be far away. (courtesy of Jamie Kellner/HF)
The Hurricanes were arguably the NHL’s busiest team the past six months, adding Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin to their top six while committing more than $150 million in guaranteed money to both their new acquisitions and their core players.
The focus is clearly on winning — and winning now. Carolina traded one of their top prospects in defenseman Brian Dumoulin to Pittsburgh to land Staal, and the one-year deal for Semin shows that Carolina’s braintrust is willing to take a risk.