Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Carolina Hurricanes

Scott Royce


For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


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Gone – Nino Niederreiter, Vincent Trocheck, Max Domi, Steven Lorentz, Josh Leivo, Tony DeAngeloIan Cole, Brendan Smith

Incoming – Max Pacioretty, Ondrej Kase, Ryan Dzingel, Brent Burns, William Lagesson, Dylan Coghlan

Impact of Changes – After a few straight years of regular season success, followed by playoff short-comings, the Hurricanes opted to make some pretty big changes this offseason. Their top core remains intact, but they have dramatically changed some of the key supporting staff and the team should definitely have a different looking heading into next season. They lost a lot of their grittiness up front with both Trocheck and Niederreiter finding new homes in free agency. Perhaps the most surprising part of their offseason was when they traded away DeAngelo to the Flyers. It seemed like DeAngelo had found a nice home in Carolina, but the Canes organization most likely knew they wouldn't be ab