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.
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.