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.
Photo: Daniel Altshuller is one of two goaltenders selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
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.
Photo: Selected 12th overall, Ryan Murphy is one only a small number of defensemen the Carolina Hurricanes have drafted in the first round. (Mark Spowart/Icon SMI)
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.
Photo: Defenseman Ryan Murphy is not only the top prospect for the Carolina Hurricanes but among the top defensive prospects in all of hockey. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Kellner)
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.
Sniper Chris Kreider recently joined the Rangers for their extended 2012 playoff run. Kreider has been one of the Rangers top prospects since he was drafted in in 2009. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)
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.