The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping for a strong sophomore season from forward Elias Lindholm. The Hurricanes selected Lindholm fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
The one place the Carolina Hurricanes have benefited from five seasons out of the postseason is in the prospect department. Carolina has selected in the top 12 in four of the last five drafts, giving them a core of solid young players on which to rebuild the franchise and return to the playoffs.
Photo: Team Sweden forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Lucas Wallmark has represented his country in international competition the past four seasons, and is likely to make it five when he suits up for the 2015 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Despite the fact that Carolina Hurricanes prospect Lucas Wallmark hails from Umea, a small but growing city in the otherwise sparsely populated northern Sweden region, competing at USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp in New York’s more rural and mountainous Adirondack region didn’t necessarily remind him of home. Read more»
Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes selected defenseman Haydn Fleury seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Fleury was the second defensemen selected in 2014. (courtesy Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
It is a new era in the Carolina Hurricanes front office. The only general manager Raleigh had ever known, Jim Rutherford, “retired” then took the same job in Pittsburgh, leaving his understudy, former player Ron Francis, on his own for his first NHL Draft.
Photo: The Calgary Flames selection of Charlottetown Islanders goaltender Mason McDonald at the 2014 NHL Draft began a run that ended with 21 goaltenders being chosen in this draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
There was a bit of a mild surprise on Friday night when Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko and the other top rated goaltenders went unselected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: The Buffalo Sabres added to their already deep draft pool with nine selections at the 2014 NHL Draft, including first round pick Sam Reinhart (L) and second round selection Brandon Lemieux (R) (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The NHL's Western Conference currently has the bragging rights to league supremacy as a a result of the Los Angeles Kings five-game Stanley Cup final win over the New York Rangers. While the results from the 2014 NHL Draft may not alter the current lock the West has on the NHL's most prized trophy, at least one team in the Eastern Conference might be offering a ray of hope for the future.