Commentary

Summer Skate: Carolina Hurricanes

Do the Hurricanes have enough young talent to make the postseason?

Originally Published: September 2, 2011
By Richard Pollock and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing Friday with the Hurricanes. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have a lot of young talent in the system, as Jim Rutherford once again quietly has done an effective job of creating a competitive team, while restocking the team's farm system. Carolina may have lost Erik Cole, but deciding not to sign a 32-year-old veteran forward to a four-year deal is a good move for the Hurricanes franchise, as Cole plays a rugged style and has had injury troubles in the past. Overall, this offseason didn't result in many splashes; Rutherford wants to continue to let his team grow together and become a force capable of delivering another Stanley Cup to the fans of Raleigh.

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Last Season: 6.3 GVT | VUKOTA Projection: 7.8 GVT

Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.