November 31-in-31: Carolina Hurricanes

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2020-11-07

The 2019-2020 season finished in unceremonious fashion for the Canes, losing to the Boston Bruins for the second time in as many years. Heading into the 2021 season, the Canes have shored up a couple of places and will have to rely upon some younger players on the blue line to be able to fill some spots that were vacated in free agency. On the whole, however, a good portion of the team is back, and there isn’t much turnover heading into the next season. 

This is a young, talented team on the rise.

 

Off-Season

The biggest news on the surface for all Hurricanes fans was the retirement of Justin Williams, who called it quits after a fantastic 19-year career for the Canes, Kings and the Capitals. Williams’ departure was followed up by Joel Edmunson signing with the Montreal Canadiens and Trevor Van Riemsdyk signed with the Washington Capitals, leaving some open spots on the blue line for players to step up and take over. 

 

The Canes re-signed Haydn Fleury to a two year, 1.3 AAV deal, which would indicate that he will take over one of those spots full time after his good performance at the end of the season and the playoffs. Warren Foegele will also be back after re-signing a one year, 2.15M deal with the team, and he will slot in somewhere in the middle six as well.  

 

The biggest fish that was signed this offseason for the team was Jesper Fast to a three-year deal worth 2M AAV. Fast immediately slots in on the PK, and will be a valuable asset to the team as they continue to try to embody Rod Brind’Amour’s style of playing the whole ice, as Fast was one of the best defensive forwards on the market, if not the best.

 

Jeremy Bracco also signed a one-year two-way deal with the team, which, if he ends up fulfilling his potential could give the Canes even more depth than they already have upfront. 

 

Fantasy Impact

The biggest one, and it’s not a big one is Fast, but I wouldn’t count on a big uptick offensively for Fast over what he had accomplished in NYR. It’s possible we could see a player like Jake Bean take over that extra spot, but with Brett Pesce returning alongside Jaccob Slavin, Dougie Hamilton, Haydn Fleury, Brady Skjei and Jake Gardiner, there isn’t a lot of room even with the losses of Edmundson and Van Riemsdyk. 

 

NHL Draft

It was pretty much consensus around the hockey world that the Hurricanes had one of the best drafts. It’s filled with high upside promise, as well as some solid picks that look pretty sure to pan out.  

 

13th Overall: Seth Jarvis, C- Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

The Hurricanes selected Jarvis 13th overall in the 2020 Draft, adding yet another playmaking forward to their prospect pool. Jarvis tallied 98 points in the 2019-20 season for the Winterhawks, solidifying himself as a top center in the draft. 

A gifted all-around player on the offensive side of the ice, Jarvis is going to f