The Carolina Hurricanes may have fallen short in the Eastern Conference Finals this postseason, but this has set the stage for what I believe will be an insanely successful season starting this October.
The Hurricanes surprised the entire league after making the playoffs for the first time in a decade in a postseason campaign that carried the team all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.
This past season was an absolute rollercoaster for all of us. After starting off the first few months of the season in a relatively lukewarm fashion, the Hurricanes found a whole new gear, and shifted directly to it for the rest of the season. The Canes had one of the best records in the league after January 1st, second only to the President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning.
Various factors played into the Hurricanes becoming a relevant, Cup-contending team again; all of these factors not only brought relevancy back to Raleigh, but also united the fanbase in a manner that I personally haven’t seen since 2006.
Looking forward to next season, what can we expect from the Hurricanes? GM Don Waddell plans on focusing his efforts to keep the team’s core group together, and plans on trying to bring both Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney back into the fold to hopefully provide more consistent, high-level goaltending.
I have a feeling the 2019-20 season is going to be an even more impressive season for the Hurricanes; the team has given me the confidence to make quite a few (potentially) bold predictions about the upcoming season. Keep in mind that these predictions are my own opinion, and in now way reflect a Universal Objective Truth™. What are these outrageous predictions, you ask? Read on to find out.