We're almost at the end of 2011 and the Hurricanes have only won 10 games, so I think it's safe to say that the post-season is highly unlikely at this point. What does this mean for the team now? I've heard "Fail for Nail" thrown around a bunch of times but is tanking for a high draft pick going to solve all of our problems? Yes, it has worked for Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington and a few others but the risks that come with it might not be worth the reward. Just ask Islanders and Thrashers fans.
Now, I understand the rationale for getting a high draft pick this year because the team is going absolutely nowhere this season and getting another Jeff Skinner-type prospect in the system would help this team a lot in the long-run. It's not as if the Canes are completely bare in terms of prospects either as GM Jim Rutherford has done a great job at acquiring picks and talent the last few years but is it enough to have this organization set for the future? We don't know that because draft picks are not always a sure thing but with the team having issues scoring and producing offense, it might be time to evaluate some of the talent we have in the organization.
Is it going to turn things around this season? Not likely, but one step to rebuilding is getting the younger players more experience with the big club and we're beginning to see some progress with that in Drayson Bowman most recent call-up.
More after the jump.