The search for a puck-mover on D

The Hurricanes' foundation is strong, but they need a two-way defenseman

Originally Published: June 16, 2010
By Richard Pollock and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Eric StaalGregg Forwerck/NHLI/Getty ImagesWhen you have a Staal brother in the fold, the future is going to be bright.

Plugging Holes -- Carolina Hurricanes

The Hole: A two-way guy on D

The Hurricanes had a disastrous start to last season -- and while the team put together a valiant second-half run, it was not enough to make the playoffs. Carolina, unlike many nonplayoff teams, has a lot of building blocks. The team is built around Eric Staal and has some nice-looking young players in the system in Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter. With Cam Ward in net, the Hurricanes need to shift their focus to the back end.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.