I thought it might be fun to share a few of my predictions for the 10/11 Hurricane squad. Some of them are really what I think will happen and others are just for fun. I'll let you decide which ones are which. Please feel free to comment on any and/or share your own.
2010/2011 Canes Predictions
Skinner will score his first official NHL goal in the 2nd game in Finland. It won't be the winner, but the Canes will win the game.
The Canes will have a rough start of the season and enter their first true home game with a record of 2-5.
Cole will get hurt before the end of October and will miss at least 12 games this season due to injury.
Bowman will have a decent year; scoring between 10 & 15 goals and look like a solid 3rd line checking winger.
Sutter will resign with the Canes for 3 more years and less than what he truely deserves.
Samsonov will start the season in the top 6, but gradually move down the depth chart and finish his time with the Canes on the 4th line.
Dalpe will have a solid first NHL season; he will score 20 goals and get somewhere in the 45 point range.
Between Joni and Babs; one, but not both, will be traded by the trade deadline.
By mid-December, the RBC Center will be rocking with the chant; "Mo Must Go!"
Staal will play over 80 games this season and score 35+ goals.
Between Cole, Samsonov, LaRose, and Kostopoulos; three, but not all, of these players will be traded at some point during the year.
By mid-January, Dalpe and Skinner will have played well enough to justify them getting consistent time in the top 6.
Skinner will have a very good rookie campaign; scoring 22 goals and approaching 55 points.
With the Hurricanes on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, JR decides to recycle yet another former player and trades for Ray Whitney.
Jussi resigns with the Canes for 2 years, $5.75 million.
Between Boychuk and Tlusty; one player will not be in the organization come September 2011.
The Canes sponsor a building of a home for a needy family in Wake County. They decorate one room by wallpapering it with Coach Mo's old hideous ties. The family is very happy to have a home until they walk into the tie room. They are so taken back by the sight, one of the children begins to cry and they decide not to move into the home.
Staal and Skinner seem to develop some real chemistry by February 2011 and things look real promising for our team's best players.
The Canes finish the season in 9th or 10th place in the Eastern Conference, only 4 points from the final playoff spot.
If I think of anymore, I will add them in the comment section.