Photo: Forward Elias Lindholm was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
It is a new era in Carolina. The only general manager the team has known since its move to Raleigh, Jim Rutherford, retired then later surprisingly took the same job with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rutherford's heir apparent, former captain Ron Francis, has taken the reins and is charged with overseeing the Hurricanes' draft.
Photo: Goaltender Daniel Altshuller had a strong playoff run with the Oshawa Generals, posting a 1.89 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Carolina Hurricanes missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season, and both their minor league affiliates – the AHL's Charlotte Checkers and the ECHL's Florida Everblades – also came up short in reaching the postseason.
Photo: Forward Linden Vey is one of several Los Angeles Kings prospects to make his NHL debut during the 2013-14 season. Vey appeared in 18 games for the Kings. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future 2014 Spring 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 are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking. For reference, each team's previous rank is listed in parenthesis.
Photo: Union College defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere raised his stock dramatically in 2013-14 with a superb regular season and dominant playoff run for the National Champions (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
Welcome to the April 2014 edition of On the Rush. With the postseason underway, this will be the final column for the 2013-14 season. As such, this edition will focus on prospects at various levels of competition who exceeded expectations or fell behind a bit over the course of the entire season.
Photo: Forward Brock McGinn had a strong 2013-14 season in the OHL, posting 43 goals and 42 assists in 58 games. McGinn was selected 47th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Despite five straight years without a postseason bid, the Carolina Hurricanes do have some light at the end of the tunnel. The team's NHL roster boasted several players 25 or younger, plus several of Carolina's junior and collegiate prospects had good seasons.