Summer Skate: Carolina Hurricanes

The projections like Jeff Skinner to get back on track this season. Gregg Forwerck/NHLI/Getty Images

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Carolina Hurricanes. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Note: Because of the lockout, GVT scores for the 2013 season are prorated from 48 to 82 games.

Summer Skate: Carolina Hurricanes

Last offseason, the Hurricanes made some of their biggest acquisitions in years, trading for Jordan Staal and signing Alexander Semin. While offensively capable, Carolina struggled at the back end, as the Canes tied for the second worst goals-against average in the league.

The acquisition of Andrej Sekera and the continued development of Justin Faulk should help this team improve, as nearly everybody of consequence will return in 2013-14. They'll need the improvement, too, as they move over to a much more competitive situation in the new Metropolitan Division.

Trending up: F Jeff Skinner
Last season: 1.2 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 7.9