Carolina Hurricanes Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team that brings excitement to the NHL. Founded in 1971 as the New England Whalers, they moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and became known as the Canes in 1997. They compete In the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division and their home games take place at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes have won two conference championships – one in 2002 and another 2006– but fell short of winning Lord Stanley’s Cup until 2020 when they defeated Tampa Bay Lightning to become champions for only second time ever. With an electrifying atmosphere created by passionate fans wearing bright red jerseys with “Storm Surge” after every goal scored, watching them live is sure to be an unforgettable experience no matter what your fandom may be.

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1. Sebastian Aho


Sebastian Aho

Sebastian Aho is a Finnish-born, center/left winger for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Aho was drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round, 17th overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his professional debut in 2016–17 with KalPa Kuopio of Finland's top league, Liiga. In 47 games played during his rookie season, he scored 18 goals and added 22 assists for 40 points while posting a +14 rating.

His strong play led to him being named to Finland's World Cup team where he helped lead them to their first championship since 2006 as tournament MVP with 4 goals and 5 assists over 7 games played including 3 shootout performances. 

Earning himself gold medal honors on home soil at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki on 9 July 2018 alongside teammate Sebastian Aho who won silver after scoring 2 goals and adding an assist through 8 matches Played.

The following year saw increased production from Aho as he registered 29 goals and 53 assists for 86 points through 82 games played – good enough for second place amongst all rookies behind only Nathan MacKinnon (109 points). 

Becoming just one of two players ever under age 21 to finish inside the Top 10 in both Goals(86) & Assists (53). His point total also ranked sixth amongst left-wingers in 2017–18  trailing only Patrick Kane (115), and Mikko Koivu (87).

Aleksander Barkov (84), Patrik Laine(82) & Vladimir Tarasenko(81).7 On 15 October 2018, it was announced that Aho had been selected as captain. Team Finland for their appearance at PyeongChang2018 Olympic Games having previously served as alternate captain throughout. 

Euro Hockey Tour events preceding selection camp along with fellow alternate captains Johnny Gaudreau and Jesse Puljujarvi.(Aho would go on score 2 goals en route to helping Team Finland won Bronze medals.)

Finally on 6 March 2019 against Ottawa Senators, Ahoo recorded hat trick making him just the fourth player ever under 25 years old 400 career NHL Points which included 100 or more Point seasons.

(Aho finished his sophomore campaign leading all rookies averaging 1:37 minutes ice time per game playing 81% REGULAR SEASONS PLAYOFFS INCLUDED )9 After signing a three-year contract extension worth $10 million dollars with Carolina Hurricanes on 11 Sebastian. 

Aho is a left-handed shooter who played for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2014 to the present.

Aho was drafted by the Hurricanes in the 35th round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He has represented Finland at multiple international tournaments, including World Juniors and World Championships. 

As a member of Kärpät, Aho helped his team reach back-to-back Finnish League championships in 2016 and 2017. In 2018–19, he registered 44 points (24 goals and 20 assists) in 47 games with Oulun Kärpät before being traded to Ässät on January 1st 2019.

2. Andrei Svechnikov


Andrei Svechnikov Career

  • 2016–17: Muskegon Lumberjacks
  • 2017–18: Barrie Colts
  • 2018–19: Carolina Hurricanes
  • 2019–20: Carolina Hurricanes
  • 2020–21: Carolina Hurricanes
  • 2021–22: Carolina Hurricanes

Andrei Svechnikov is a Russian forward who currently plays for the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL. He was drafted first overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.

Andrei Svechnikov has spent his entire career playing with HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). In 2017-18, he led HC Sochi in scoring with 73 points in 66 games, helping them to their sixth consecutive playoff appearance and fourth league title since 2012-13.

He made his debut with Russia at age 18 during the 2016 World Junior Championship where he helped Russia win silver medal after losing to Canada in gold medal game.

At 21 years old, Svechnikov became only the second player ever – following Pavel Bure – to score 50 goals and 100 points over two seasons in an Elite League campaign when he did so with Salavat Yulaev Ufa last season.

His father Sergey played professional ice hockey also and won a championship (Championship of Estonia) while playing for Lev Prague during its Soviet era days. 

Due to his performances both on and off ice as well as being eligible for international play under 23 years of age, Andrei’s nomination for Team Russia at this year’s World Cup is no surprise.

Also Played For: nhl 22 best young players, nhl under 25

3. Jaccob Slavin


Jaccob Slavin

Jaccob Slavin is a defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes. He has played in 149 games over three seasons with the team, scoring six goals and adding 21 assists.

Slavin was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He made his professional debut with their affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, before being traded to Carolina in February of 2016.

Slavin won a silver medal at the 2014 World Junior Championship as part of Team USA's squad that finished fourth overall. In 217 career AHL games (with both San Antonio and Charlotte), he has scored 84 points (27 goals, 53 assists).

Jaccob Slavin was born on May 1st 1994 in Erie, Colorado United States to parents Pam and Dave Slavin Sr.

His father played hockey professionally for several teams across North America including stints with Edmonton Oilers and Hartford Whalers while Jaccob grew up playing roller hockey and eventually developing into an accomplished defender himself.

Prior to turning pro, Jaccob attended St Lawrence University where he majored in business management.

4. Jordan Staal


Jordan Staal Career

  • NHL team: Carolina Hurricanes
  • Former teams: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2006
  • Pittsburgh Penguins

Jordan Staal is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). 

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, third overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Staal made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh in 2007 and has since appeared in 639 regular season games, scoring 129 goals and adding 168 assists for 283 points. In 2011-12 he won his first Stanley Cup as captain of the Penguins over Boston Bruins in seven games.

Staal signed a six-year contract extension worth $18 million with Carolina on July 1, 2013.[1] Jordan's father Brent played defenceman for both Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames during his NHL career before retiring after playing parts of four seasons with Edmonton Oilers from 1985 to 1989.

His younger brother Eric also plays professionally in Europe; he has previously played for HC Davos of Switzerland[3], SC Bernoforte II[4], EHC Biel/Bienne[5], HC Fribourg-Gotteron[6]and ASEC Mimosas FC where he currently resides as team captain.

Also Played For: pittsburgh penguins

5. Rod Brind'Amour


Rod Brind

Rod Brind'Amour is a veteran centre who has played for the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes over the course of his 17-year career.

Brind'Amour was drafted by the Blues in 1992 and quickly became a key player on their team, helping them make three Stanley Cup Finals appearances before retiring after the 2007 season.

After retirement, Brind'Amour joined the Hurricanes as an assistant coach under Peter Laviolette and helped lead them to their first ever playoff appearance in 2017. 

Rod Brind’Amour is one of only six players in NHL history to score more than 1,000 points (1,077) while playing both left wing and centre ice simultaneously.

He currently serves as an ambassador for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice where he visits regularly with sick children and their families since 2010.

6. Brett Pesce


Brett Pesce is an American football offensive lineman for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford.

In 2017, Pesce was selected by the Jets in the third round of the NFL Draft. After attending Stanford University, Pesce signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

However, he was waived by Seattle before any games could be played and subsequently signed with New York on September 2nd that year. Pesce has appeared in 16 games for New York so far during his rookie campaign, starting 13 of them at left tackle..

Pesce is known for being a physical blocker who consistently puts defenders on their back heels.

He also excels when it comes to pass protection; according to ProFootballFocus metrics, he allowed just one sack and three hurries over 51 pass-blocking snaps last season despite often facing double teams from defensive linemen.

7. Eric Staal


Eric Staal Career

  • NHL team: Florida Panthers
  • Former teams: Carolina Hurricanes
  • New York Rangers
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2003
  • Carolina Hurricanes

Eric Staal is a 37-year-old centre who has played in over 600 NHL games. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003 and has been with them his entire career.

Staal is known for his hard work on the ice, as well as his leadership qualities. In 2013 he won the Stanley Cup with Carolina, after they had made it to the finals twice before that.

Outside of hockey, Staal is involved in charitable work through The Eric Staal Foundation which helps needy children across Canada. Eric Staal currently lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario with his wife and two young daughters (born August 2014 and February 2017).

Eric Staal was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003 as the second overall pick. Eric Staal has played for the team since then, amassing over 800 career points. He is a two-time NHL All-Star and led his team to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2006.

In 2010, he signed with the New York Rangers and helped them win another championship in 2014. Eric Staal retired from professional hockey after playing with Minnesota Wild during the 2017 season - his 17th year of pro hockey.

Also Played For: 2017–18 nhl season, 2012–13 nhl season

8. Teuvo Teräväinen

Left wing

Teuvo Teräväinen Career

  • NHL team: Carolina Hurricanes
  • Former teams: Jokerit
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • National team: Finland
  • NHL Draft: 18th overall, 2012
  • Chicago Blackhawks

Teräväinen is a right winger who was drafted by the Hurricanes in the 3rd round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In 2017, he made his North American debut with Carolina and scored 11 goals and 21 points in 66 games.

His best season to date came in 2018-19 when he registered 27 goals and 56 points in 82 games for Carolina.

 Teräväinen has represented Finland at both junior level (2011–2013) and international competition (2014 World Juniors, 2015 IIHF World Championship).

He is signed through 2021-22 with Carolina, but has expressed interest in potentially playing overseas next season if an opportunity arises. 

Teräväinen is married to fellow Finnish hockey player Joonas Kemppainen and they have two children together - a son born in 2019 and a daughter born 2020 Teuvo Teräväinen is a left-handed shooter who has played in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks.

He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012, but he has also spent time with Jokerit and Chicago Blackhawks. 

As a member of Finland's national team, Teuvo Teräväinen has competed at two Olympic Games (2012 and 2016). In his career to date, TeuvoTeräväinen has scored 54 goals and added 107 assists for 169 points in 599 games played.

Also Played For: 2019–20 nhl season, 2018–19 nhl season

9. Jordan Martinook

Left wing

Jordan Martinook

Jordan Martinook is a 30-year-old winger who has played in the NHL for the Carolina Hurricanes since being drafted in the third round of the 2012 draft.

He's been a key part of their offense throughout his career, scoring over 100 points two times. Martinook was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada before moving to Utah at age 16 to play high school hockey.

After graduating from Murray State University, he signed with Carolina and has made an impact on their lineup ever since. Jordan Martinook is known for his physicality up front and ability to score goals both wrist shot and slapshot from close range.

He also plays a strong defensive game which helps him maintain possession of the puck during games. Jordan Martinook will be entering his eighth season with the Hurricanes this year and it's anticipated that he'll continue playing a big role on their roster going forward.

10. Martin Nečas


Martin Nečas Career

  • 2013–14: SKLH Žďár nad Sázavou
  • 2014–15: SKLH Žďár nad Sázavou
  • 2014–15: Kometa Brno
  • 2014–15: Kometa Brno

Martin Nečas is a Czech Republic born player who has been rising through the ranks of European football since he was just 16 years old. 

He started his career with hometown club FK Jablonec and made an immediate impact, scoring 11 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions during the 2013-14 season.

In July 2014, Nečas moved to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for €3 million (£2 million). The youngster made 32 league appearances for Werder Bremen before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid on 30 August 2016 for a fee of €35 million (£29 million). 

After only one year at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Martin Nečas returned to Germany on 31 August 2017 when he joined Bayern Munich from Los Blancos for an undisclosed fee reported to be around £27million (€33million).

His contract at Bayern runs until 2021 and it is widely expected that he will win multiple honours whilst playing there including three consecutive Bundesliga titles as well as German Cup success and Champions League glory.

11. Vincent Trocheck


Vincent Trocheck Career

  • 2008–09: Detroit Little Caesars 18U AAA
  • 2009–10: Saginaw Spirit
  • 2010–11: Saginaw Spirit
  • 2011–12: Saginaw Spirit
  • 2012–13: Saginaw Spirit
  • 2012–13: Plymouth Whalers
  • 2013–14: San Antonio Rampage
  • 2013–14: Florida Panthers

Vincent Trocheck is a 29-year-old center for the San Antonio Rampage. He was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Trocheck debuted with Florida in 2011 and played there until being traded to San Antonio at the 2015 trade deadline. In 2018, he recorded his first career hat trick in a 6–1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on October 20th.

Vincent is married to wife Alyssa and they have one child together - daughter Kaelyn Grace Trocheck (born November 2017). 

Vincent Trocheck was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 64th overall pick of the 2011 NHL draft. He has played for the New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, and now with the Florida Panthers.

Vincent Trocheck is a right-handed shot who has proven to be an effective player at both center and wing positions. In 2013–14 season he led all Panther forwards in points (53) while playing on a line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr. 

Despite being undervalued by some pundits early in his career, Vincent Trocheck has developed into one of the top forward prospects in hockey today.

Also Played For: new york rangers, florida panthers

12. Erik Cole

Erik Cole Career

  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Dallas Stars
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • National team: United States
  • NHL Draft: 71st overall, 1998
  • Carolina Hurricanes

Erik Cole was selected by the Dallas Stars in the third round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first season with the Stars in 1999-2000, recording 22 goals and 42 assists for 64 points in 82 games.

In 2001-2002, he had a breakout season scoring 33 goals and 73 assists for 106 points. He continued to be one of Dallas' top players through 2006-2007 when he tallied 51 goals and 117 assists for 162 points in 214 games over that span.

After spending two seasons with Montreal (2008–2010), Cole signed with Edmonton as a free agent on July 1, 2011. Erik Cole scored his 500th career point on February 27, 2013 against Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. 

It was also his 3rd hat trick of the season which raised his goal total to 507 during Edmonton's 5 game-winning streak from Feb 2nd to 11th including victories against San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Minnesota Wild & St Louis Blues.

His 4 game assist streak from Jan 30 – Feb 6 added 14 helpers bringing him totals 41/48/65=1 Point per Game during this stretch raising eyebrows across hockey circles and prompting further analysis as some speculated that.

The Iceman" might have returned after sitting out 7 months due to suspension handed down by Hockey Canada stemming from an incident between then teammate Jordan Eberle and Calgary Flames player Jarome Iginla where both received suspensions.

However HC stated it was purely coincidental they were both unavailable at same time [Edmonton Journal] Erik Cole is currently playing professional ice hockey with HC Sochi of Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Also Played For: 2011–12 nhl season

13. Glen Wesley

Glen Wesley

Glen Wesley was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round of the 1988 NHL Draft. He played four seasons with the Bruins before being traded to the Hartford Whalers during the 1992-93 season.

In 1995, he signed as a free agent with Carolina Hurricanes and spent six seasons there before retiring in 2006. Wesley made an appearance for Team Canada at both the World Championships (1990) and Winter Olympics (2002).

Glen Wesley is currently a scout for Carolina Hurricanes organization where he helps select new players for their team Glen Wesley was drafted third.

Overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1987 NHL Draft. He played his entire playing career with the Bruins, retiring after a 2008-09 season.

Wesley won two Stanley Cups as part of Boston's 2003 and 2007 championships teams, as well as an Olympic gold medal in 2002 representing Canada. 

After retirement he served as head coach of the ECHL's Trenton Devils from 2010 to 2012 and then became assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics where they reached the final round before being eliminated by Russia.

In 2016 he was named head coach of HC Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia's top professional league, Extraliga.

Also Played For: hartford whalers

14. Calvin de Haan


Calvin de Haan

De Haan was drafted by the New York Islanders with the 31st overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. De Haan has played for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks organizations over his career, recording 234 points (96 goals, 150 assists) in 592 games.

He signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders on July 1, 2015 worth $1 million. De Haan helped lead Canada to a silver medal at the 2016 World Championship tournament as part of Team Canada's defence corps which included Connor McDavid and Brent Burns.

In 2017–18 season, he registered 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 73 regular season games before adding four points (one goal, three assists) in 11 playoff contests to help guide New York to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1976. 

Calvin de Haan is a left-handed defenseman who has played in the NHL for four teams, most recently with the New York Islanders.

De Haan was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2009 and spent two seasons there before being traded to the New York Islanders in 2011. In his first season with the Islanders, he helped them make it to the playoffs but they were eliminated by Philadelphia Flyers in six games. 

The following year, De Haan had another good season as he again contributed offensively and defensively for the Isles; helping them win their first playoff series since 2007 against Boston Bruins.

He signed a three-year contract extension with New York earlier this year and appears set to stay with them until at least 2020–21. 

Outside of hockey, Calvin de Haan studied business administration at Willem III University in Curacao where he graduated cum laude after completing his degree last summer.

15. Nino Niederreiter

Right winger

Nino Niederreiter Career

  • NHL team: Winnipeg Jets
  • Former teams: HC Davos
  • New York Islanders
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Nashville Predators
  • National team: Switzerland
  • NHL Draft: 5th overall, 2010
  • New York Islanders

Nino Niederreiter is a Swiss right wing who has spent his entire NHL career with the Minnesota Wild. He was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, by the Wild in 2010 and broke into the league as an rookie that year.

In 2013-14 he recorded 29 goals and 59 points to lead all rookies in scoring and helped lead Minnesota to their first playoff appearance since 2004. 

His production dropped off somewhat in 2014-15 (24 goals, 58 points) but bounced back strongly in 2015-16 with 37 goals and 86 points over 79 games - good for third place among league forwards behind only Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane.

However, injuries limited him to just 46 games during the 2016-17 season which resulted in another lower point total of 31 markers – though still fourth on team scoring charts at this stage of his career.

6 Nino missed most of 2017 due to injury yet returned strong last year playing 77 games recording 32 assists en route tot he second wild card berth for Minnesota.

Nino has been very reliable offensively throughout his NHL career averaging around 22 goals per season while registering at least one assist every other game.

He will turn 30 years old before next season’s playoffs start so there might be some regression involved however given how consistent he has been offensively over time I would not count him out just yet.

Also Played For: nashville predators

16. Justin Faulk


Justin Faulk

Faulk has been a consistent player in the NHL for several years now. He is known for his offensive skills and strong defensive play. Faulk was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2010 and has played with them since then.

He has won two Stanley Cups with the Hurricanes, in 2013 and 2016, becoming one of their most successful players ever. 

Faulk will be playing for the St Louis Blues this season after they traded him to them at the end of last season Faulk is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and played for the St.

Louis Blues from 2010 to 2013 before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2014. Faulk established himself as an elite defenseman during his time with the Blues, winning two Stanley Cups (2011 and 2012) while playing alongside superstar players like Vladimir Tarasenko and David Backes. 

Faulk has since continued his success with the Hurricanes, helping them reach the playoffs three times in four seasons – most recently in 2017–18.

A versatile player who can play both forward positions, Faulk is considered one of the top defenders in hockey and will be looking to add another championship ring to his collection when he enters into next year's NHL Draft. 

Justin Faulk is a hard-working defender who always brings intensity on every shift – whether it's against opposing forwards or pesky goalies on penalty kills.

17. Jesperi Kotkaniemi


Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Kotkaniemi is a Finnish ice hockey player who was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, 26th overall, of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. 

Kotkaniemi played with HIFK of the Liiga during his rookie season in 2017-18 and led all rookies with 32 points (10 goals and 22 assists) in 50 games.

In 2018-19, Kotkaniemi registered 38 points (14 goals and 24 assists) in 49 games for Montreal's American Hockey League affiliate, Laval Rocket. He made his NHL debut on 13 October 2018.

Against the Ottawa Senators at Bell Centre and recorded an assist on Max Domi's game-winning goal later that night which put Montreal up 3-1 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series; however they eventually lost 4-3 due to late Game 7 heroics from Sens winger Thomas Chabot On 15 March 2019.

He scored his first career playoff goal en route to a 5–0 victory over Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs; this would be named as one of ESPN's "The Play Of The Year".

As a result of this performance as well as continued strong play throughout playoffs - including two multi-point performances against Boston Bruins (4G & 1A) - Kotkaniemi was awarded. 

With Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP of these postseason contests; becoming only second European after Jaromir Jagr to win such prestigious award.

18. Justin Williams

Right winger

Justin Williams Career

  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Luleå HF
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Washington Capitals
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 28th overall, 2000
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Playing career: 2000–2020

Williams was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Williams made his NHL debut with the Flyers in 2002 and has since played for Philadelphia, Carolina Hurricanes, and Washington Capitals.

Williams had a breakout season with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007-08 where he led all forwards in scoring with 78 points (27 goals and 53 assists). In 2013-14, Williams signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals after spending over six seasons playing for Carolina Hurricanes.

In 2017-18, Williams reached career highs both offensively (41 points) and defensively (24 penalty minutes) while playing on an injured knee for most of January 2018 until returning to action late March 2018 playoffs against Tampa Bay Lightning where he helped lead Washington to their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

Also Played For: los angeles kings

19. Brady Skjei


Brady Skjei

Brady Skjei is a defenseman for the New York Rangers. He was drafted by the Rangers in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

Prior to being drafted by New York, he played collegiately at Boston University and won two NCAA championships with them as a freshman and sophomore.

In his rookie season (2015-16), Skjei had nine points (two goals and seven assists) in 82 games played for the Rangers' AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack before joining NYR during their playoff run. 

The following year (2016-17), Skjei made his NHL debut and recorded three points (one goal and two assists) in 18 games played before going down with an injury that sidelined him for six months - including all but one game of the Stanley Cup playoffs where he did not play due to reinjury.

20. Jeff Skinner

Left wing

Jeff Skinner Career

  • NHL team: Buffalo Sabres
  • Former teams: Carolina Hurricanes
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 7th overall, 2010
  • Carolina Hurricanes

Jeff Skinner is a 30-year-old left wing who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

He has played for both the Halifax Mooseheads and Toronto Marlies of the QMJHL before joining Carolina as a full-time player in 2013.

Skinner led all rookies with 28 goals and 57 points in 64 games during his rookie season with Carolina; he also added 10 assists for 70 points total on the year. 

In 2014–15, Skinner finished second among NHL scorers behind Sidney Crosby with 106 points (37 goals, 63 assists) in 78 games played; he also registered career highs with 24 powerplay goals and 11 game-winning goals that season.

The following season—2015–16—Skinner again dominated offensively posting 128 points (50 goals, 74 assists), leading all players in scoring once more while establishing himself as one of hockey's most reliable offensive weapons over an extended period of time.

Injuries limited him to only 73 regular season games during 2017–18 but still managed to contribute 42 points (17g/27a) along with seven game-winning tallies en route to earning his fourth consecutive nomination for both Hart Memorial Trophy and Art Ross Trophy award winners.

Also Played For: 2010–11 nhl season, kitchener rangers

21. Ray Whitney

Ray Whitney Career

  • San Jose Sharks
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Florida Panthers
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • Dallas Stars

Ray Whitney is a veteran left wing who has played in the NHL for over 20 years. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and has been with them ever since.

In 2006, he signed with Carolina as a free agent and helped lead them to their first Stanley Cup championship that year. He retired from playing in 2010 after spending time with both Columbus and Dallas during his career.

Ray Whitney currently works as an analyst for Fox Sports West covering teams such as Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche among others. 

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 along with fellow members Jeremy Roenick and Chris Chelios Ray Whitney played 16 seasons in the NHL, all with the San Jose Sharks.

He was a three-time All-Star and led the league in scoring twice (2002–03, 2003–04). Whitney also won two Stanley Cups (2001 with the Dallas Stars and 2004 with the San Jose Sharks).

After leaving the NHL in 2014, he signed a one-day contract to play for his old team, the Sharks, in their final game of that season. Ray Whitney is now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame show "Sharks Live".

Also Played For: san jose sharks

22. Dougie Hamilton


Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton is a highly skilled defenceman that has steadily improved over the years. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft and he has since become one of their most important players.

Dougie Hamilton has won two Stanley Cups with Calgary, as well as numerous other awards and accolades. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, so fans will be looking to see if he signs with another team or not.

Dougie Hamilton is a defenseman for the Boston Bruins. He was drafted by the Bruins in 2011 and has since played for them. 

In his career, Dougie Hamilton has scored over 100 points and helped his team to win several championships. He is considered one of the best defensemen in the NHL today and will be an important player on any team he plays for in future seasons.

23. Seth Jarvis


Seth Jarvis Career

  • NHL team: Carolina Hurricanes
  • NHL Draft: 13th overall, 2020
  • Carolina Hurricanes

Seth Jarvis was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2nd round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. 

Seth is a left-handed shot and played minor hockey for the Winnipeg Jets before being traded to their affiliate, Manitoba Moose, where he would show great promise offensively and defensively.

Seth had an impressive rookie season with Carolina scoring 18 goals and 43 points in 76 games despite missing time due to injury. 

He has continued his offensive production as a sophomore posting 21 goals and 53 points in 79 games which led all rookies in scoring at the time of his nomination for the AHL Rookie of The Year Award.

His 2017-2018 campaign saw him lead all Hurricanes players with 24 assists while also leading team defensemen with 37 points (10th overall). 

Seth will be looking to build off this strong performance when he returns from serving an eight-game suspension for checking from behind on Toronto’s Frederik Gauthier during Game 3 of their playoff series last year.

24. Jesper Fast

Right winger

Jesper Fast

Jesper Fast is a talented and skilled forward with the New York Rangers. He was drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 2014, he scored 21 goals and added 27 assists for 48 points in 80 games played for the Rangers.

Jesper Fast has represented Sweden at both World Championships (2013,2015) as well as at several Olympic Games (2010,2012). His father Lars also played professional hockey; he retired after playing parts of two seasons with Modo Hockey in Sweden's top league Elitserien (the highest level of Swedish ice hockey).

Jesper Fast married his long-time girlfriend Emma Samuelsson on July 1st, 2017 Jesper Fast is a right wing for the New York Rangers. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Draft but never played for them as he was traded to the Rangers later that year. 

In his 4 seasons with NY, Jesper has recorded 134 points (41 goals and 83 assists).

Jesper signed with HV71 of Sweden's Elitserien ahead of this season and has so far put up 12 points in 10 games played. Jesper will be an important part of Team USA at the upcoming World Championships where they are currently ranked 2nd in Group A behind Serbia.

25. Frederik Andersen


Frederik Andersen Career

  • NHL team: Carolina Hurricanes
  • Former teams: Herning Blue Fox
  • Frederikshavn White Hawks
  • Frölunda HC
  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • National team: Denmark
  • NHL Draft: 187th overall, 2010
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • 87th overall, 2012
  • Anaheim Ducks

Frederik Andersen is a goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes. Frederik Andersen was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2008 and played for them until he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015.

He won two Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs, in 2016 and 2019, making him one of only four players ever to win both an MVP Award (2015) and a Stanley Cup (2016-2019). 

In 2022, he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes as their new starting goaltender. Andersen was drafted 187th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Draft. 

After spending two seasons playing with Herning Blue Fox of the Danish Elite League, he made his North American debut with Frederikshavn White Hawks of the Metal Ligaen in 2012-13.

In 2013-14, Andersen played for Frölunda HC of Sweden's Elitserien before signing a one-year contract to play for Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1st, 2014. 

He has since appeared in 227 regular season games and 27 playoff contests with Toronto, posting a record of 29 wins, 18 losses and six ties as well as 2 shutouts over that span while averaging 2.39 goals against average (GAA) and .927 save percentage (SV%).

On February 25th, 2017 Andersen signed an eight-year deal extension worth $43 million with Toronto which will keep him teaming up until 2023-24 campaign.

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26. Tony DeAngelo


Tony DeAngelo Career

  • 2016–17: Tucson Roadrunners
  • 2016–17: Arizona Coyotes
  • 2017–18: New York Rangers
  • 2017–18: Hartford Wolf Pack
  • 2018–19: New York Rangers
  • 2019–20: New York Rangers
  • 2020–21: New York Rangers
  • 2021–22: Carolina Hurricanes

Tony DeAngelo is a 27-year-old American football cornerback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Western Michigan University, and was drafted by the Raiders in 2016.

DeAngelo has also been a member of the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, but he has not yet appeared in an NFL game. 

He was born with cerebral palsy, which affected his legs from birth; however, he overcame this obstacle to become one of America's most promising young defensive players.

In October 2018, it was announced that DeAngelo had signed a four-year contract extension with the Raiders worth $44 million (£33 million). Tony Deangelo is married to Kealia Ohai and they have two children together – daughter Kiari Joelle and son Kanani Jalen Jr.

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27. Cam Ward


Cam Ward

Ward was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, 14th overall of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Ward has played for both the Hurricanes and Nashville Predators, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2006-07 as a member of The Preds.

In 2013-14, Ward recorded a career-high 41 wins with Carolina and led all goaltenders with 2 shutouts. He also finished second in goals against average (2.00) and third in save percentage (.929). On July 1st, 2017, Cam signed a four year contract extension worth $16 million with Carolina.

His former teammate Jeff Skinner called him "a top goalie" who always puts his team first." Ward is considered one of the best goalies in NHL history have over 1000 professional games played including 741 starts between 2002 to 2017.

Ward currently holds many records such as most appearances (1123), longest consecutive streak without allowing more than two goals(321 games from Dec 15 2016 - Apr 9 2017), fewest losses among goalies finishing at least 30 games (85).

Most saves during an entire season(3157 )and most regular season Shutouts amongst Goalie's (47 ).

28. Jalen Chatfield

Jalen Chatfield

Chatfield is a 26-year-old American football player who currently plays for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Chatfield was drafted by the Lions in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He played college football at Florida State University, where he won two national championships. Chatfield has also been a part of the United States' international rugby team and was named to their 2017 World Cup squad.

In 2018, Chatfield became one of only three players in NFL history to record over 1,000 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in their first two seasons with a team. Jalen Chatfield is a defenseman who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 7th round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

He has played for both the Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes during his playing career, but has yet to make an impact at either level. Chatfield is currently playing with HC Davos in Switzerland's National League A (NLA). 

In 17 games this season, he has scored one goal and added four assists while averaging 18:29 minutes of ice time per game.

With only two years left on his contract with Davos, it will be interesting to see if Jalen can break through at any point during his career.

29. František Kaberle

František Kaberle

František Kaberle is a Czech defenceman who has played in the NHL for Carolina Hurricanes. 

He was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 7th round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and spent four seasons with their AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose before being traded to Carolina as part of a deal that sent Kirk McLean to Vancouver.

After playing just one season with Carolina, he was dealt at the trade deadline to Ottawa where he finished his career after only two more games due to injury. 

Kaberle has represented his country at both international tournaments, winning silver medals at both World Championships and Olympic Games respectively while also appearing at multiple World Junior Championships and European Championship events over his career.

Now an assistant coach with HC Kladno, František remains involved in hockey on a much lower level than when he first began playing professionally over 20 years ago.

30. Derek Stepan


Derek Stepan Career

  • 2006–07: Shattuck-Saint Mary's
  • 2007–08: Shattuck-Saint Mary's
  • 2008–09: University of Wisconsin
  • 2009–10: University of Wisconsin
  • 2010–11: New York Rangers
  • 2011–12: New York Rangers
  • 2012–13: KalPa

Derek Stepan is a center for the Arizona Coyotes. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in 2008 and played there until being traded to the Coyotes in February of 2019.

Stepan has also played with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres over his career. In 2018-2019 he had 43 points (19 goals and 26 assists) in 82 games played which was good enough for 10th place on the NHL scoring list that season.

Stepan is married to Sara Baillie who he met while playing hockey together at St Cloud State University in Minnesota where they both graduated with degrees in communication studies in 2013 Derek Stepan was drafted by the New York Rangers with the 51st overall pick in 2008.

He has spent his entire playing career with the Rangers, amassing over 500 games played and 150 goals scored in that time. Derek is a two-time team captain for the Rangers, having led them to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2014 and 2015. 

In 2018, he was named an alternate captain for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey tournament in Canada.

Outside of hockey, Derek enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as travelling around North America when possible.

31. Tim Gleason


Tim Gleason Career

  • 1998–99: Leamington Flyers
  • 1999–2000: Windsor Spitfires
  • 2000–01: Windsor Spitfires
  • 2001–02: Windsor Spitfires
  • 2002–03: Windsor Spitfires
  • 2003–04: Los Angeles Kings
  • 2003–04: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2004–05: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2005–06: Los Angeles Kings

Tim Gleason is a defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2002, but never played with them due to injury. He then signed with the Hurricanes and has been there since 2007-08 season.

In 2013 he won his first Stanley Cup championship with the Hurricanes over Chicago Blackhawks in seven games. Tim Gleason is married and has two children, one of which plays hockey as well. 

He currently ranks 4th all time on defense for Carolina hurricanes in terms of points (181) He also set an NHL record for most assists by a defenseman during the regular season (50).

Gleason's father Mike played professional ice hockey from 1974 until 1992 including stints in North America, Europe, Japan & Switzerland and was inducted into both the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame as player/coach respectively.

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32. Pyotr Kochetkov


Pyotr Kochetkov

Pyotr Kochetkov is a goaltender who was drafted by the Chicago Wolves in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. He has previously played for teams such as CSKA Moscow and Severstal Cherepovets.

Kochetkov won silver at the World Junior Championships in 2017, and he also represented Russia at both the under-18 and under-20 level. In his first season with the Wolves, he led all rookie goalies in save percentage (0.919).

Kochetkov will likely serve as backup to starter Brent Moran next season Pyotr Kochetkov was born in Russia on July 5th, 1999. He is a left-handed shot defenceman who started playing hockey at the age of six. 

Kochetkov played for HC Sochi from 2016 to 2019 before moving to SKA Saint Petersburg in January 2020.

In 52 games with SKA Saint Petersburg this season, Pyotr has collected 7 goals and 21 assists for 28 points. On June 25th, 2019, Kochetkov was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 36th overall round of the NHL Draft. 

Kochetkov will start his rookie season with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL where he'll likely play alongside fellow Russian prospect Mikhail Sergachev until he graduates to Carolina's main roster next year or 2020-21 campaign respectively.

Pyotr is an aggressive player who loves to hit and throw big hits along with being very physical defensively; these are all trademarks that have made him one of Russia’s most popular players both domestically and internationally over his career so far.

33. Jack Drury

Jack Drury

Jack Drury is a young forward who was drafted by the Chicago Wolves in 2021. He has appeared in one game for the Wolves to date, scoring two goals and adding an assist.

Jack is known for his speed and offensive ability, which have seen him score prolifically at both amateur and professional level. The 22-year-old will be looking to continue this form with the Wolves next season, as they look to return to playoffs after a brief absence last year.

Jack Drury is a left-handed center from Växjö, Sweden. He joined the Carolina Hurricanes in 2018 as a free agent and has since made an impact with his skating and playmaking abilities. In 2020, he was drafted by the Hurricanes in the 42nd overall spot and has started to make some noise in the NHL playoffs thus far.

Jack is committed to playing for Team USA at future tournaments such as the World Championships and Olympics. 

He is known for being a fast skater with good puck control who can create chances for his teammates offensively or defensively. With continued development, Jack could be one of the top centers in North America within several years time.

34. Antti Raanta


Antti Raanta

Antti Raanta is a goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In 2017, he signed with the Arizona Coyotes as a free agent.

Raanta has played in 458 career games, putting up a record of 231-213-50 with two shutouts and 3108 shots against (Sv%). On 24 November 2018, Raanta made his 400th appearance in an NHL game during a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers..

Antta is married to Elina and they have one son together named Eetu . Antti Raanta is a goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks. He has played in Finland's top league, Liiga, and also played for Lukko of the Finnish Elite League. 

Antti Raanta was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008 but never signed with them; he instead chose to play in Finland for Lukko.

After playing two seasons with Lukko, he joined the Ässät team and spent three seasons there before joining the Blackhawks at the beginning of 2014-15 season. 

Antti Raanta has been a starter on both teams that he has played for and his statistics show that: In 82 games started, including playoffs (68 regular season & 16 playoff games), Antti Raanta posted a 41-32-9 record with 2 shutouts, a .916 save percentage and 1 GAA.

35. Stefan Noesen

Stefan Noesen Career

  • NHL Draft: 21st overall, 2011, Ottawa Senators
  • Playing career: 2013–present

Stefan Noesen is a 29-year-old right winger with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012, but he never played for them as he was traded to the Dallas Stars two years later.

After spending four seasons with Dallas, Noesen was dealt to Pittsburgh in 2019 where he has had some success so far this season. 

Stefan is originally from Plano, Texas and represented his country at both the World Junior Championships (2012) and Olympics (2018).

He is known for being one of the hardest workers on any ice rink and it has paid off as he has been able to carve out a successful career in professional hockey despite not having an elite skill set when first drafted. Stefan Noesen played for the Ottawa Senators in the NHL from 2013-present.

He had a successful career, scoring 66 goals and 146 points in 439 games. Stefan is known as a skilled goal scorer, with his lightning quick hands and accurate shot making him difficult to defend against. 

Stefan has represented Denmark at various international tournaments including the World Juniors, where he won a gold medal in 2014.

Stefan is an important part of the team on and off the ice - he's always working hard to improve his game and contribute to Ottawa's success both on and off the ice.

36. Brent Burns


Brent Burns Career

  • 2001–02: Couchiching Terriers
  • 2002–03: Brampton Battalion
  • 2003–04: Minnesota Wild
  • 2003–04: Houston Aeros
  • 2004–05: Houston Aeros
  • 2005–06: Minnesota Wild

Brent Burns is a defenseman and right wing for the San Jose Sharks. He was drafted by the Sharks in the third round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Burns has won two Stanley Cups with San Jose, in 2016 and 2017.

He also won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics as part of Canada's team that defeated Sweden to claim their fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. 

In 2019, he was named an ambassador for Team Canada at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Brent Burns was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on December 5th, 1988.

He played junior hockey with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL and then attended Michigan State University where he played for the Spartans' college team. 

The Minnesota Wild drafted him in 2003 and he made his NHL debut that season playing 11 games for them. 

In 2006-07 he had a breakout year scoring 35 goals and 74 points which helped him win the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year in 2007-08 From 2008 to 2017. 

Burns has been one of the best defensemen in the league averaging over 25 points per season while also serving as an important member of Team Canada at several international tournaments including winning gold medals at both World Championships (2011 & 2015) and Olympic Games (2010).

On July 1st, 2017 Brent signed a long term contract extension with the Minnesota Wild worth $58 million dollars making him their highest paid player ever.

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37. Maxime Lajoie

Maxime Lajoie was born in Quebec City, Quebec on November 5th 1997. He is a left-handed defenceman and stands at 6'1" tall and weighs 183 pounds. Lajoie has played for the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL since he was 16 years old, impressing with hisspeed, shot blocking abilities and defensive prowess.

On January 10th 2017, Maxime signed an entry level deal with the Montreal Canadiens after going undrafted in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. 

In 71 games with Rimouski this season, Lajoie recorded 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists) as well as 112 penalty minutes earning him QMJHL Defenceman of the Year honours along the way .

The Canadiens will start their playoff campaign against either Boston or Tampa Bay who they play in round one of their Eastern Conference bracket. 

If Montreal were to advance past that first round then they would face either Ottawa or Toronto who are also in playoffs this year.

38. Ron Francis

Ron Francis Career

  • Hartford Whalers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 4th overall, 1981
  • Hartford Whalers

Francis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. Francis played for the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes over his illustrious NHL career.

He is also a two-time Stanley Cup champion with both the Senators and Penguins. Francis won gold at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics as part of Canada's men's hockey team. 

Francis retired from professional hockey in 2003 after playing parts of 11 seasons with three different teams Francis was drafted 4th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1981 NHL Draft.

He played for Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs over his career. Francis was a part of Canada's 1988 Winter Olympics team which finished fourth place. Francis retired from professional hockey following the 2004-05 season.

39. Dylan Coghlan

Dylan Coghlan is a 24 year old defender who plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer. Dylan was born and raised in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada.

He began his soccer career playing club football with local side Duncan United before signing with the Whitecaps academy in 2013. In 2016, he made his professional debut for the Whitecaps appearing as a substitute against New York Red Bulls II on March 10th of that year.

Dylan has since gone on to make 25 appearances for Vancouver scoring one goal during that time span (against FC Dallas). On July 14th of this year, it was announced that he had signed a new contract extension with the Whitecaps which will keep him at the club until 2021. 

Dylan has represented Canada at various youth levels including Under-17s, U20s and senior level where he played at both Olympic Qualifying tournaments in 2017 & 2018 respectively.

40. Paul Stastny

Paul Stastny Career

  • 2000–01: Chaminade College Preparatory School
  • 2001–02: St. Louis Jr. Blues
  • 2001–02: Chaminade College Preparatory School
  • 2002–03: River City Lancers
  • 2003–04: River City Lancers
  • 2004–05: Denver Pioneers
  • 2005–06: Denver Pioneers
  • 2006–07: Colorado Avalanche
  • 2007–08: Colorado Avalanche
  • 2008–09: Colorado Avalanche
  • 2009–10: Colorado Avalanche

Paul Stastny was born in Quebec City, Canada on December 27th, 1985. He is a left-handed centre who played for the Colorado Avalanche from 2006 to 2015 and then moved to the St.

Louis Blues in 2016. Paul has scored over 150 goals and 400 points during his NHL career which spans over 900 games. In 2017 he won the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games Final series.

Paul is married with two children and lives in Missouri USA Paul Stastny played for the Colorado Avalanche from 2006-present. He was drafted in the first round, 44th overall by them in 2005 NHL Draft. Paul has had a successful career with the Avalanche and is one of their all-time leading scorers.

He has won two Stanley Cups with them (2010 and 2015) as well as an Olympic Gold Medal (2014). Injuries have slowed down Paul somewhat recently but he still holds many impressive records and achievements to his name, including being named an All Star 11 times.

41. Jussi Jokinen

Left wing

Jussi Jokinen

Jokinen is a 39-year-old veteran centre/left winger who has played for Oulun Kärpät, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins. Jokinen was born in Kalajoki, Finland and started playing ice hockey at the age of six.

Jokinen made his professional debut with Oulun Kärpät in 2001–02 season and quickly established himself as one of the top players in Finnish league. In 2007–08 season, Jokinen joined Dallas Stars where he became an important player on their team winning Stanley Cup championship that year.

After two seasons with Dallas Stars, Jokinen signed a three-year contract with Pittsburgh Penguins worth $8 million per season starting from 2009–10 NHL Season which proved to be a shrewd move by management as he helped.

Penguins win cup title in the 2011 playoffs against Vancouver Canucks thus becoming one of the most successful European players in North American Hockey League history .

At present (2018), Jussi remains an integral part of Pittsburgh’s forward line along with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin while also being counted upon for leadership qualities within locker room having been captain of Finland national men’s ice hockey team during 2014 World Championships held in Sweden.

42. Elias Lindholm


Elias Lindholm Career

  • NHL team: Calgary Flames
  • Former teams: Brynäs IF
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • National team: Sweden
  • NHL Draft: 5th overall, 2013
  • Carolina Hurricanes

Elias Lindholm is a young, talented centre who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2013. He has been playing professionally since he was 18 years old and has amassed over 100 points in his career thus far.

Elias Lindholm is known for his blazing speed and playmaking ability which have helped him to become one of the top centres in the NHL. 

Elias Lindholm will be an important part of the Carolina Hurricanes future as he continues to develop his skills and make a name for himself on the ice.

Elias Lindholm is a skilled forward who has impressed at every level of hockey he's played. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2013 and has since made an impact on the NHL. 

Elias Lindholm is known for his speed and creative play, which makes him a valuable asset to any team. Elias Lindholm also possesses strong puck possession skills, making him difficult to defend against even when he isn't scoring goals.

Elias Lindholm will be playing with Brynäs IF until 2020-21, after which he will join the Calgary Flames for further development before returning to the NHL later in his career. 

As one of Sweden's most promising young forwards, it's only a matter of time before Elias Lindholm becomes an elite player in the NHL.

43. Sergei Samsonov

Sergei Samsonov

Samsonov was born in Moscow, Russia on October 27th 1978. He played his first NHL game with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008 and has since gone on to play for the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and most recently the Calgary Flames.

Samsonov is best known for his strong shooting ability from left wing which he uses to score goals often. In 2009, Samsonov was named an assistant captain of the Russian national team and helped lead them to a World Championship silver medal that year. 

Sergei is currently married with two children and enjoys spending time outdoors fishing or skiing when he's not playing hockey or working out at the gym.

Sergei Samsonov was drafted 8th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Sergei played for the Bruins from 1994 to 2011, amassing 521 points (164 goals and 399 assists) over that time span. 

He also spent a season with the Edmonton Oilers in 2007-08 before signing with Montreal as a free agent in 2009-10. In 2012 he signed with Chicago Blackhawks, where he finished his playing career after appearing in just 16 games during the 2013-14 campaign.

After hanging up his skates, Sergei went on to serve as an assistant coach for CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) from 2014 to 2016 and then became head coach of Sochi Sharks last year prior to their inaugural season in Russia's top division this fall). 

As one of only two Russian players ever inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame (2011) and The Canadian Football Hall Of Fame (2013), Sergei is considered one of hockey's most decorated players of all time.

44. Brock McGinn

Left wing

Brock McGinn Career

  • NHL team: Anaheim Ducks
  • Former teams: Carolina Hurricanes
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • NHL Draft: 47th overall, 2012
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Playing career: 2013–present

McGinn is a 6'0'' and 185-pound left winger who was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 3rd round, 85th overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

McGinn made his professional debut with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL in 2015-16 and led all rookies with 21 goals and 53 points in 66 games.

He signed a one-year contract extension with Carolina on March 24, 2016 worth $925,000 ($7500 x 60 = $4850 per game). In 2017-18 McGinn played 48 games for both the Checkers and Hurricanes scoring 23 goals while adding 28 assists for 55 points total.

On July 1st 2018 Brock signed a three year deal as an unrestricted free agent to return to Carolina where he has spent his entire career up until now playing 147 NHL games recording 61 points (26G, 35A) including 10 playoff appearances recording 7 points (2G, 5A) from 2016 to 2019 seasons.

45. Jeff O'Neill

Jeff O'Neill is a right winger who has played for the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins. He was drafted in the first round by Ottawa in 1995.

O'Neill had a very successful rookie season with Ottawa in 1995-96, scoring 34 goals and 54 points en route to being named an NHL All-Star Game MVP. In 1997, he led the Sens to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1971, but they were defeated by Detroit in five games.

After spending two seasons with Anaheim (1998-99; 1999–00), he was traded to Boston where he spent six seasons (2000–06). During that time period, O'Neill reached the playoffs four times (2002; 2004; 2006; 2007) and won three Stanley Cups (2001; 2002; 2011). 

After playing his last game for Boston on May 14th, 2016 against Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden, Jeff announced his retirement from professional hockey effective immediately.

46. Noah Hanifin


Noah Hanifin Career

  • 2010–11: Saint Sebastian's School
  • 2011–12: Saint Sebastian's School
  • 2012–13: Saint Sebastian's School
  • 2013–14: U.S. NTDP Juniors
  • 2013–14: U.S. NTDP U17
  • 2013–14: U.S. NTDP U18

Noah Hanifin is a young defenseman who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

 Hanifin has already had an impressive career, playing for Boston University where he won two NCAA championships and led his team to back-to-back appearances in the Frozen Four.

He then joined Carolina's AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, where he played 39 games and recorded nine points (three goals and six assists). 

In 2017–18, Hannifin made his NHL debut with Carolina during their season opener against Washington Capitals scoring an assist on Jordan Staal’s goal in a 4–1 victory.

After missing three games due to injury, Hannifin started to cement himself as one of Carolina’s top defenders playing 36 games recording seven goals and 32 assists for 41 points.

Which placed him third amongst all defensemen behind only John Klingberg and Seth Jones in terms of total points scored this season. 

The 21 year old will look to continue his development next season while also helping lead the Canes back into Stanley Cup contention.

47. Ondřej Kaše

Ondřej Kaše

Ondřej Kaše was born on November 8th, 1995 in the Czech Republic. He is a right wing player who has spent his entire professional career with the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL).

At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Kaše is an imposing physical presence on the ice and has scored 47 goals and 132 points in 220 AHL games. 

The 27-year-old winger also represented his country at both the World Junior Championships and IIHF World Championship tournaments earlier this year, impressing with six goals and 11 points in 15 games played at each event.

Kaše's contract with San Diego expires after this season but he may be looking to move on to bigger things - specifically NHL level - if he continues to show such promise in North America. 

If that happens, expect another tough battle for a spot on San Diego's roster as they look to build up their team for future success while maintaining their current place among the top teams in AHL hockey.

48. Chad LaRose

Right winger

Chad LaRose Career

  • 1999–2000: Sioux Falls Stampede
  • 2000–01: Sioux Falls Stampede
  • 2000–01: Plymouth Whalers
  • 2001–02: Plymouth Whalers
  • 2002–03: Plymouth Whalers
  • 2003–04: Lowell Lock Monsters

Chad LaRose is a professional wrestler, best known for his time in WWE. He debuted in 2006 and has since worked for a number of other companies, most notably Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor.

LaRose was released from WWE in 2016 after being charged with sexual assault. In 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Following his imprisonment, Larose began working as an independent wrestler once again under the name Chad Larusso​ Chad LaRose is a former right winger for the Carolina Hurricanes who played his entire NHL career with the team.

He was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2003 but did not make it to the pros until 2005, playing parts of four seasons with them before being traded to Montreal in 2009. 

In 2011-12 he had a breakout season scoring 25 goals and 45 points in 74 games, earning him a spot on Team USA's Olympic squad which went on to win gold medals at Vancouver Games that year. 

After three more productive seasons with Montreal (2012–14), Larose signed as an unrestricted free agent with Colorado Avalanche where he spent two years before retiring after 2017-18 campaign.

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49. Victor Rask


Victor Rask

Victor Rask is a talented center who has excelled in the NHL. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2011 and has since played for them, as well as other teams including Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Victor Rask is known for his strong play on both ends of the ice and his ability to make key contributions in crucial moments. In 2014, he won the Stanley Cup with Carolina after an impressive playoff run which included scoring important goals in games that mattered most.

Victor Rask will be hoping to bring home another championship this season with his new team, the Chicago Blackhawks Victor Rask is a left-handed goaltender who was drafted in the 42nd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2011. 

He has played for HC Fribourg-Gottéron, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild, and Seattle Kraken since 2010.

In 201 he led his team to the Swiss National League championship and participated at the IIHF World Championship as Sweden's backup goalie.

Victor Rask made his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes on October 13th, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Lightning where he stopped all 24 shots he faced including an overtime goal from Steven Stamkos which helped give Carolina their first victory of the season 4–3 in OT.

On January 1st, 2017 Victor signed a six-year contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes worth $31 million dollars ($6 million per year). 

As of December 31st, 2016 Victor had an impressive record of 26-10 (92%) including 2 shutouts with a save percentage of .921%.

50. Keith Primeau

Keith Primeau

Keith Primeau is a former NHL centre who played for the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Keith Primeau has won two Stanley Cup championships with Detroit (1997, 2002) and one with Carolina (2005). He also played in five All-Star Games and earned three Selke Awards as the league's best defensive forward.

In 2009, he announced his retirement from professional hockey after 15 seasons in the league Keith Primeau played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings during his NHL career. Keith Primeau was drafted 3rd overall in the 1990 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.

Keith Primeau won a World Championship with Canada in 1997. After playing 14 seasons in the NHL, Keith Primeau retired from professional hockey 2005. In 2006, Keith Primeau became head coach of the Quebec Remparts of Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). 

He remained head coach of Quebec until he was fired after just five games into the 2013-14 season due to poor team performance and lackluster attendance figures at home games.

51. Sami Kapanen

Sami Kapanen

Sami Kapanen was born on June 14, 1973 in Vantaa, Finland. He played his junior hockey with KalPa of the Finnish Elite League before being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

Kapanen made his professional debut with the Marlies of the American Hockey League and scored 12 points in 20 games as a rookie before earning a call-up to Toronto for their game against Calgary on November 11, 1993. 

In 1997-98 he had an impressive season with 22 goals and 47 assists for 69 points while playing alongside future Hall of Famers Mats Sundin and Steve Yzerman on what was then known as "The Triplets" line.

After four seasons spent primarily with Toronto's minor league affiliates (the Portland Winterhawks, Syracuse Crunch, Rochester Americans and Hamilton Bulldogs), Kapanen was traded to Florida during the 2002-03 season in exchange for Jiri Tlusty and two draft picks (both used on defencemen). 

In 305 career games played – including 231 contests with Florida – he has recorded 202 goals and 183 assists for 391 points along with 143 penalty minutes.

His best statistical year came 2006-07 when he registered 36 goals and 54 assists for 88 points helping lead Florida to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1996.

Final Words

. . The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team that brings excitement to the NHL. Former players such as Eric Staal, Alexander Semin, and Cam Ward have all had successful careers with the Hurricanes.

The future looks bright for this team, and there is no doubt that some of their best players ever will be remembered long after they retire.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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