Carolina Hurricanes: Ranking every season in the history of the franchise

RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 19: Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 19: Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – DECEMBER 31:Stephane Yelle #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates for position on the ice during a NHL game against the New York Rangers on December 31, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – DECEMBER 31:Stephane Yelle #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates for position on the ice during a NHL game against the New York Rangers on December 31, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /

15. 2009-10

Once again, the most disappointing part about this season was not the outcome in the standings, but the follow-up to a great result from the season previous. In 2008-09, the Canes made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.

After the loss in the ECF to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canes had trouble putting anything positive together over a long stretch of time during the 2009-10 campaign. It was an unusual combination of younger guys trying to mesh with a mixed bag of veterans.

Eric Staal, Jussi Jokinen, and Ray Whitney led the way in points. Young talents like Brandon Sutter and Zach Boychuk should have given this team hope. However, Sutter and Boychuk would not even be on the Carolina roster just a few years later.

Nothing would get much for the Canes anytime soon, as this was the time that kicked off the current eight season playoff drought that Carolina is currently experiencing.