Monday’s Fansided 30 in 30 team are the Carolina Hurricanes. Kristina Kelly, a great writer for Cardiac Cane, talks about her Carolina Hurricanes, including 8 reasons the Hurricanes will finish 8th in the eastern conference.
8. The Fans: We are the loudest hockey barn in the NHL. We can lift our Canes to victory. Epic tailgating, faithful roadsters, and caniacs of all sorts will provide fan support.
7. The Schedule: Fellow Cardiac Canes writer, Dan MacLachlan, provided a great schedulebreakdown and I agreed with his points. It is a little less strenuous than the previous year and that can only aid our mission.
6. The Changes: We may have lost Erik Cole and Joe Corvo, but we gained strong talent inAnthony Stewart, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Tomas Kaberle, and Tim Brent. These changes were made to improve our defense, particularly the power play. Throw in coaching changes with Rod Brind’Amour and Dave Lewis and Canes have filled some potholes from 2010-11.
5. The Finns: What is not to love about the Finns? Glass shatteringTuomo Ruutu leads the pack with his aggressive play-making skills. Ruutu snagged 57 points last season. Ruutu, Jokinen, and Pitkanen played in 224 games collectively and earned 144 points (43g, 101a) in 2010-11.
4. The Young’uns: Carolina has amazing young talent anxious to claim a full time role with the Canes. I want Zac Dalpe will be a Raleigh resident. This is the year of Dalpes, mark my word (Jinx freak out…spins counter-clockwise three times, eats black licorice). His performance playoff performance with the Checkers clearly illustrated his talent and worth. Side note: I am hoping Zach Boychuk disproves my doubt and claims a spot with the Canes that is worthy of a full timer.
3. The Leadership: Eric Staal, Brandon Sutter, Tim Gleason, and Chad LaRose each provide their own style of support for the team. I especially like LaRose emerging as a leader and Staal can return to a 80+ point season with added roster support. The numbers could really start to pile up should Skinner and Staal play well as a unit.
2.The Goaltending: Cam Ward is one of the best men in the NHL between the pipes. He played an impressive 74 games and averaged .923 SV%. With the addition of Brian Boucher, Ward can continue to perform minus extra weight upon his shoulders.
1. The Skinny: I wouldn’t be known as the coug that stalks Jeff Skinner if I didn’t mark the
rookiesophomore as the number one reason we will make the playoffs this year. Biased, yes, but have no doubt the Calder Memorial Trophy winner make a huge impact this season. Skinner showed no signs of an upcoming slump in his freshman year. He will make 30+ goals. He will come be key in those games we are fighting for a win. He will be our Frodo…our Lord of the Ring, er…Cup.