- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

CAROLINA HURRICANES

LAST SEASON: 35-31-16, 86 points. Sixth place in Metropolitan Division.

COACH: Bill Peters (third season, third NHL season).

ADDED: RW Lee Stempniak, RW Sebastian Aho, LW Teuvo Teravainen.

LOST: C Riley Nash, LW Nathan Gerbe, D James Wisniewski.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Teravainen. The Hurricanes were thrilled to pick him up over the summer in a trade with Chicago, and now that he’s out of the shadow of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, they’re counting on him to seize the opportunity to be a headliner. The 22-year-old has 17 goals and 27 assists in 115 career games.

OUTLOOK: Carolina is tired of hearing about its longest-in-the-East postseason drought, and might have the team to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Hurricanes will need Teravainen, Sebastian Aho and the rest of their young forwards to play beyond their ages - like their inexperienced defensemen did a year ago - if they want their season to finally extend past mid-April.

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