The Carolina Hurricanes took a brief look into the future this past week, and the future looks bright. Even though they played short two men, (Michal Jordan and Justin McRae), they defeated Minnesota for the Traverse City Tournament Championship last night, 4-1. While Brandon Sutter, Zach Boychuk, Jamie McBain, and Matt Kennedy all took turns playing the hero during the week, goaltender Mike Murphy stole the show.
Murphy, who was named OHL goalie of the year two years running and CHL goalie of the year this past season, ended up with a 3-0 record. He had a GAA of 2.45 and save percentage of .933. In most of the games, the "Junior Canes" were being outshot, but he kept his team in the thick of things every time.
Zach Boychuk led the team with 4 goals and Matt Kennedy was next with 3. Several players had 3 points each.
For a complete list of stats for the tournament, check out pointstreak.com.
The Canes have more information at CH.com.
Brandon Sutter blogs about it on NHL.com.
Hockey's Future has a tournament recap here.
Nine of the players have been invited to Hurricanes training camp, although there are few, if any spots available. In the meantime, Carolina's draft record is starting to look much better since Tony McDonald took over three years ago. Murphy's selection in the sixth round could be the steal of the 2008 draft.