YOU DECIDE: Best individual story lines to track for 2015-16 season by Canes&Coffee | Oct 26, 2015 | The Coffee Shop The Hurricanes 2015-16 season is off to a slow start in the standings at 2-6-0, but the number and quality of individual story lines to track during the season are arguably the best ever. Which do you like best: Which young defenseman's story is most interesting? Noah Hanifin as he steps straight into the NHL as an 18-year old and starts his ascent toward becoming the elite defenseman he is projected to be. Ryan Murphy as he builds upon a couple years of mixed AHL/NHL experience and aims to use his elite skating ability to seize a blue line roster spot before the kids emerge. Brett Pesce as he rose to the top of a great bunch defense prospects and now finds himself way ahead of schedule in top 4 NHL slot. View Results Loading ... Which forward story is most intriguing? Brock McGinn as he brings some rough and tumble play that the Canes lack to the roster in his rookie season. Riley Nash as he continues to improve year by year and just maybe is ready to become an every night difference-maker at the NHL level. Elias Lindholm as he attempts to build on a decent second season that still left room to improve in terms of scoring and overall level of play. Victor Rask as he looks to build on a solid rookie season and add more offense to his game. View Results Loading ... Which leadership story will you track most closely? Justin Faulk as he steps into a formal leadership role and also looks to be an every night difference-maker for 27ish minutes per game. Cam Ward as he seeks to stake a claim to being re-signed and to help the team build toward a playoff return. Eric Staal as he tries to lead his team to a higher level and playoff contention while at the same time potentially being considered as trade bait to add even more good young players. View Results Loading ... Go Canes! 1 Comment notopie on October 27, 2015 at 10:30 pm Matt, I’m not pandering but I did have a difficult time with the defenseman question. In the end I felt we all have to watch Hanifin’s progression with intense interest. Brett Pesce is the true feel good story. Kid is good, very solid in fact, and probably will end up getting sent down at least once more for specific development. Bragging Rights – I was talking about him on another message board prior to the draft; really wanted us to snag him. Finally, I think Ryan Murphy is the most interesting storyline on the back end because of the potential variety of outcomes. 1) He continues to press forward on his development and becomes a solid NHLer with offensive chops, 2) He shows some promise, enough to make him valuable as trade bait and he turns into a forward prospect or is part of a much larger deal, or 3) He bombs, goes to Charlotte for yet another “development session” and gets surpassed by a couple of the bigger, younger guys. With Fleury and McKeown in the wings (check out their stats as they are both killing it early), there is little doubt that some movement will happen with our blueline prospects. Log in to Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.