Summer Skate: Carolina Hurricanes
Do the Hurricanes have enough young talent to make the postseason?
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
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