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Well the the beginning of the 2010-2011 has finally arrived. With only two days to the first pre-season game against the Flordia Panthers the Carolina Hurricanes held the 11th annual Caniac Carnival. The Hurricanes go into camp with Erik Cole and Joe Corvo taking over the reigns as the oldest players with the departure of players such as Rod Brind’Amour and Ray Whitney. The departure of veteran players will make camp this year the most competitive it has been in years.
The Hurricanes new talent includes players like 1st round draft pick Jeff Skinner, Riley Nash, Bobby Sanguinetti, and Jared Staal. With the top two centers in place, Eric Staal and Brandon Sutter, Jeff Skinner, Zac Dalpe, Pat Dwyer, and Riley Nash will be competing for the 3rd and 4th center rolls. When you look at the defense the Hurricanes brought back Joe Corvo, Anton Babchuk, and traded for Bobby Sanguinetti. If the Hurricanes are going to be successful in this new season it will be due to good leadership and the quick development of talent.
On another note the Hurricanes have signed Patrick O’Sullivan to a one year, two-way contract and made it official on Friday. Patrick O’Sullivan was technically a Hurricane for a few minutes in 2009 when he was received in a trade for Justin Williams before being sent to Edmonton for Erik Cole. Patrick has always been seen as a very talented player, but has yet to reach his potential. If O’Sullivan can find his game this season he could become a very important part of the Hurricanes attack. The Hurricanes also offered a camp tryout to former NHL defenseman Chistoph Schubert, but he declined and will play in Sweden this season.
Only one more hockey-less day guys. Time to get excited!