Summer Skate: Carolina Hurricanes
Franchise players Eric Staal and Cam Ward require a bigger support team
Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Summer Skate -- Carolina Hurricanes
It may not seem like only two seasons ago that this team was competing with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the right to qualify for the 2009 Stanley Cup finals, but that is indeed the case. The Hurricanes have decided to rebuild their club, transforming from an expensive veteran unit to a cheaper, young blend of players. Unlike most rebuilding teams, the Canes won't be tasked with finding a franchise center and netminder since they have Eric Staal and Cam Ward to build around. Unfortunately for fans in North Carolina, hockey is a team game and this team just does not have the depth to compete with the big boys in the Eastern Conference in 2010-11.
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The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2010-11.