Analyzing the Carolina Hurricanes’ Performance at 2014 Prospects Tournament

September 17th, 2014 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »

Brock McGinn continued his dizzying career rise, Daniel Altshuller crumbled yet again under the spotlight, Victor Rask jumped into NHL roster spot contention and the Carolina Hurricanes finished fourth out of eight teams in the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament.

The annual Traverse City, Michigan-hosted tournament concluded Tuesday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets' team defeated the Dallas Stars' squad to take the title. The 'Canes lost control of a late two-goal lead and fell to the Detroit Red Wings in overtime of the third-place game.

Twenty-three players—including 17 official prospects and six tournament invitees—participated under the watchful eyes of general manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters. Carolina finished 1-3 last year and improved to 2-2 this autumn.

Rask's four goals tied him with two others for the highest total of the tournament. 2014 second-round draft pick Alex Nedeljkovic recorded both wins, while Altshuller (a 2012 third-round selection) suffered both losses.

What takeaways can be drawn from the results? Analyses of several noteworthy developments lie below ...

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