Organizational Rankings 16. Carolina Hurricanes

Peter Harling


16. Carolina Hurricanes – 75.5

Top 15 Prospects.

Rank Player Position Score
1 Alexander Nikishin D 8.4
2 Scott Morrow D 7.1
3 Bradley Nadeau C 7.1
4 Jack Drury C 5.6
5 Jackson Blake RW 5.2
6 Felix Unger Sorum RW 4.6
7 Jayden Perron RW 4.4
8 Gleb Trikozov LW 2.9
9 Alexander Rykov RW 2.9
10 Ryan Suzuki C 2.8
11 Aleksi Heimosalmi D 2.0
12 Ruslan Khazheyev G 1.7
13 Timur Mukhanov LW 1.5
14 Zion Nybeck W/C 1.3
15 Noel Gunler RW 1.2


Individual Breakdown:

The Consensus top prospect for the Canes is Nikishin, fantasy owners have been chopping at the bit in anticipation of his arrival, and he has one more year on his current KHL contract before we can see him on active fantasy rosters. The next tier has two players consisting of Morrow and Nadeau who both recently signed and will compete for NHL jobs for the upcoming season. Jayden Perron was a contentious ranked prospect as he was in his draft year. He received a low grade of a three from both Victor and Hayden with high scores of seven from Aaron and six from Curtis and Peter. The upside with Perron is intriguing, but the bust potential is concerning. Ryan Suzuki is also a curious case, the 2019 first round pick was loaned to Springfield as the Canes do not have an AHL affiliate and he will be a restricted free agent. His stock has fallen hard since his draft year and it will be interesting to see where he signs in the offseason.

Team Overview:

The strength of the Carolina Hurricanes prospect pipeline is its depth. The organization has done such an outstanding job of scouting and identifying talent that they have an embarrassment of riches! Having such depth allowed them the luxury of sending three top ten prospects to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline for Jake Guentzel, and it barely made a dent in their depth. The biggest challenge the team faces is the 50-player contract limit as they have so many quality players/prospects.

Since the trade deadline the team has signed Scott Morrow, Bradley Nadeau, and Jackson Blake from the NCAA and Gleb Trikozov from Russia. The Canes also dipped into the free agent market as well signing winger Juha Jaaska. The 26-year-old winger scored 30 points in the Liiga this year and was a point er game player in the post season. I have a lot of confidence in the Carolina Hurricanes European scout based in Finland so he will be a player to keep your eye on for his debut in North America this coming season.



Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Jérémy Davies 4.0 7.0
Brandon Biro 6.5 7.0
Maxime Lajoie 4.5 8.0
Mac Hollowell 5.5 7.0
Benoit-Olivier Groulx 4.5 8.5
Carson Meyer 5.0 3.5
Jiri Patera 6.0 7.0
Ben Jones 6.5 7.0
Joseph Cecconi 4.5 6.0
Adam Raska 5.0 5.0