The Carolina Hurricanes won’t win the 2017 NHL Draft lottery or make the playoffs, but that isn’t a concern.
It is a tale as old as time. A song as old as rhyme. The Carolina Hurricanes quest for that elusive and beautiful playoff hockey sure has been a beast to complete. At the same time, the Canes always seem to be just good enough to never stand a chance at winning the draft lottery. It is a tiring trend.
The trend will continue this off-season (pending the miraculous), but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the Carolina Hurricanes. This summer looks to be a weird one in the NHL. The inclusion of a new team in Las Vegas, a ‘weak’ draft class, and lackluster free agent market will make this off-season different for sure. Carolina is in a position to capitalize.
For one thing, the draft lottery is substantially weaker this year. Probably the weakest since 2012 when Nail Yakupov went first …
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