Plugging Holes -- Carolina Hurricanes
The Hole: A two-way guy on D
The Hurricanes had a disastrous start to last season -- and while the team put together a valiant second-half run, it was not enough to make the playoffs. Carolina, unlike many nonplayoff teams, has a lot of building blocks. The team is built around Eric Staal and has some nice-looking young players in the system in Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter. With Cam Ward in net, the Hurricanes need to shift their focus to the back end.