Eastern Edge – The Carolina Hurricanes

Cam Metz



Jumping right into the summer series and jumping over to the Metro Division – the Carolina Hurricanes.

Like for the Wild West series, the ranks are based on a 12-team, head-to-head league, using the categories of goals, assists, power play points, shots, hits, and blocks for forwards/defensemen and wins, saves, save percentage and goals against average for goalies. Player eligibility for this series is based on Yahoo, and draft ranks are based on average draft positions compiled from Yahoo, ESPN and CBS by FantasyPros.  2018-2019 ADPs are up if you couldn’t tell!

Check out yesterday’s column by Chris Kane on the Nashville.


Carolina finished third to last in the Metro Division last year.  They had the lowest goal total any of the Metro teams last year, and were incapable of stopping a puck when Scott Darling was in net.  Taking a big swing on Darling last year was a saving grace, it stopped me from selecting an early round goalie that if it were Price, Holtby, and or Murray would have ended roughly the same way Darling did, but with much more draft capital expended. 

Carolina boast a young lineup that has always threatened to be a playoff contender but for some reason or another wasn’t able to put all of the pieces together.  Cam Ward is no longer a Hurricane, a new owner has promised to be competitive, and another wave of youth is headed for the ice this year with talented rookie Andrei Svechnikov headlining the group.

The team was in the bottom third of the league for the last two seasons on the power play but the arrival of Dougie Hamilton via trade provides optimism that the first unit will create a large increase on their conversion rate.

Surprisingly despite their lackluster record, the team had a few players provide value on their ADPs; a trend that will likely continue this year as well.



Scott Darling – Darling was drafted 140th overall last year with promise that he would be able to bring the success he experienced in Chicago as a backup to the starting role in Carolina.  He is still under contract for three more years in Carolina and will likely be given every opportunity to be the starter this year.  Darling was terrible shorthanded from high-danger areas.  From medium-danger opportunities at 5v5 he has also was below the league average.  I highlighted the delta_HD shorthanded because it is likely that Darling will revert to the mean and be able to provide value on his ADP.  Expect Darling and Petr Mrazek to split starts for the early part of the season.  Darling could be a v