Reviewing the Carolina Hurricanes Farm System

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Reviewing the Carolina Hurricanes Farm System

It's no secret that the Carolina Hurricanes are having a very disappointing season so far, and it appears that this year could turn into a rebuilding one for the 'Canes organization.

However, the seasonal slump has provided the Hurricanes management—as well as their fans—a larger glimpse of what is to come of a Carolina team that has the bulk of its players at extreme ends of the age range.

This season has slowly but steadily sorted out older, over-their-prime players such as Scott Walker, Niclas Wallin, Aaron Ward, Stephane Yelle, and, of course, the captain, Rod Brind'Amour. Sure, it will hurt to see experienced producers like Ray Whitney and Matt Cullen begin their decline, but rebuilding years are designed for shaving off the older players.

Fortunately, though, the Hurricanes have a good, successful group of youngsters, not only down in their minor league team, the AHL's Albany River Rats, but also in a steady trickle of young injury-replacement success stories on the top level.

So today's "Canes Report" is taking a turn toward the younger side of things and reviewing 12 forwards and defensemen, all 24 years old or younger, that just might very well be the future of the Hurricanes franchise in the upcoming decade. This slideshow will be the first edition of a weeklong "Canes Report" series analyzing the Hurricanes current roster and farm system, which will move on to "Possible Trade Bait Players" next after this.

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