The 2010-11 season for the Carolina Hurricanes was a long journey for a young team—all the way from the NHL Premiere in Finland to a home loss that finished the 'Canes just one win away from a playoff berth.
Still disappointed about that defeat? Yes, we all are. But here are some good signs for the future:
- This Hurricanes team went from being the second-oldest team in league and finishing 12th in the conference in 2009-10 to being the fifth-youngest team and finishing 9th in the East this past season.
- The 'Canes had 313 NHL man-games played by nine different prospects at or under the age of 23, and just 279 NHL man-games played by just six players in their 30s, two of whom are no longer even on the team.
- If prospect contribution at the NHL level isn't enough for you, the 'Canes AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, finished fifth out of 15 in their conference, sixth out of 30 in the league, and second in the league in offense (goals for).
However, for now, despite a bitter defeat to cap it off, the past 82 games over the last six months has been quite a ride for this new crop of Hurricanes. Here are the 2010-11 season team awards.