After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2021-22 regular season, which starts Oct. 12. Today, the Carolina Hurricanes:
2020-21 season: 36-12-8, first in Discover Central Division; lost in second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Frederik Andersen, G: The 31-year-old, who signed a two-year contract July 28, was limited to 24 games (23 starts) last season by a lower-body injury. Andersen was 13-8-3 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .895 save percentage with the Toronto Maple Leafs. … Antti Raanta, G: The 32-year-old signed a two-year contract July 28. He was hampered by upper-body and lower-body injuries last season and was 5-5-2 with a 3.36 GAA and .905 save percentage in 12 games (11 starts) with the Arizona Coyotes. … Ian Cole, D: The 32-year-old, who signed a one-year contract July 28, scored eight points (one goal, seven assists) and had a plus-21 rating in 54 games with the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild last season. … Ethan Bear, D: The 24-year-old was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade for forward Warren Foegele on July 28. Bear scored eight points (two goals, six assists) and had a minus-1 rating in 43 games last season. … Tony DeAngelo, D: The 25-year-old, who had one assist and a minus-6 rating in six games with the New York Rangers last season, signed one-year contract July 28. … Josh Leivo, F: The 28-year-old, who signed a one-year contract July 28, scored nine points (six goals, three assists) in 38 games with the Calgary Flames last season. … Derek Stepan, F: The 31-year-old signed a one-year contract July 31. Stepan scored six points (one goal, five assists) in 20 games with the Ottawa Senators last season before he had season-ending shoulder surgery. … Brendan Smith, D: The 32-year-old, who signed one-year contract July 29, scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) and had a plus-3 rating in 48 games with the Rangers last season.
Dougie Hamilton, D: He signed a seven-year contract with the New Jersey Devils on July 28 after tying for seventh in the NHL among defensemen with 42 points (10 goals, 32 assists) in 55 games last season. … Alex Nedeljkovic, G: A finalist for the Calder Trophy voted as the top rookie in the NHL last season, Nedeljkovic was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and the rights to goalie Jonathan Bernier on July 22. The 25-year-old was 15-5-3 with a 1.90 GAA, .932 save percentage and three shutouts in 23 games (all starts). … Petr Mrazek, G: He signed a three-year contract with the Maple Leafs on July 28 after being limited to 12 games last season because of a thumb injury. Mrazek was 6-2-3 with a 2.06 GAA, .923 save percentage and three shutouts. … James Reimer, G: He signed a two-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on July 28 after going 15-5-2 with a 2.66 GAA and .906 save percentage last season. … Warren Foegele, F: He was traded to Oilers for defenseman Ethan Bear on July 28 after scoring 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 53 games last season. … Brock McGinn, F: He signed a four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 28 after scoring 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 37 games last season. … Cedric Paquette, F: He signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on July 28 after scoring seven points (three goals, four assists) in 38 games last season. … Jani Hakanpaa, D: He signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars on July 29. Hakanpaa scored three points (two goals, one assist) in 15 games after being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on April 12. … Jake Bean, D: He was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft on July 23. Bean scored 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 42 games as a rookie last season. … Morgan Geekie, F: He was selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft after he scored nine points (three goals, six assists) in 36 games as a rookie last season.
On the cusp
Seth Jarvis, F: The 19-year-old scored 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in nine games with Chicago of the American Hockey League and 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 24 games with Portland of the Western Hockey League last season. … Ryan Suzuki, F: The 20-year-old scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 26 games with Chicago of the AHL last season and helped Canada finish second at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games. … Jack Drury, F: The 21-year-old signed a three-year, entry-level contract July 7 after scoring 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 41 games with Vaxjo in the Swedish Hockey League last season.
What they still need
To re-sign restricted free agent Andrei Svechnikov. The 21-year-old forward’s 140 points (59 goals, 81 assists) since the start of the 2018-19 season are most among players selected in the 2018 NHL Draft.
They said it
“We think that combo of those two guys give us the best opportunity to win hockey games and take us to where we want to get to.” — general manager Don Waddell on signing Andersen and Raanta to replace Mrazek, Reimer and Nedeljkovic as the Hurricanes goalies.
Andersen should be considered a top 10 fantasy option. He is coming off a down season (NHL career-worst .895 save percentage in 24 games) but previously won at least 29 games in four straight seasons for the Maple Leafs and ranks fourth in the NHL with 149 wins since 2016-17. Andersen, who has a .915 save percentage in 393 NHL games (381 starts), is a fantasy bounce-back candidate and worth drafting among the top 50-60 overall playing behind a deep Hurricanes offense. — Pete Jensen
Andrei Svechnikov — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen
Nino Niederreiter — Vincent Trocheck — Martin Necas
Ryan Suzuki — Jordan Staal — Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinook — Derek Stepan — Josh Leivo
Jaccob Slavin — Brett Pesce
Brady Skjei — Ethan Bear
Ian Cole — Tony DeAngelo