The Carolina Hurricanes ran into a streak of bad luck this past season with key injuries, including a season-ending one to goaltender Cam Ward.
The team has the No. 5 pick in this month’s NHL Draft because of their poor record this season. There are many reports that have floated around over the past few weeks about the team considering trading the pick away. This is a unique scenario in my opinion. There is a ton of talent already on this roster, and the chance to pick up another elite player that could be used in the future is a chance that Carolina shouldn’t be passing up.
I don’t consider the idea of trading the pick worthwhile. They already have Eric Staal, who is recovering from an injury but will be back to start the 2013-14 season. Ward will be back, and you can’t forget about Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal.
The pieces are definitely in place for them to make a serious run towards the playoffs next season. The team was 15-9-1 shortly after Ward got hurt and went 4-16-3 after that point. That had more to do with Ward’s injury than anything else.
If I was the Hurricanes, I would make the pick and get someone that the team can let mature at the junior level for another year or two before plugging them right into the lineup. There is no reason to rush any player to the highest level yet. I’m sure many people will disagree with that idea but the team is better than what their record showed this year.
The future of the team could depend on this pick since they don’t expect to get another one this high anytime soon.