The Carolina Hurricanes’ Noah Hanifin will become the 11th defenseman since 2008 to make an immediate debut in the NHL in his draft year on Thursday. In the previous 12 years, only one defenseman was able to make the same jump. “The game has changed,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters says.
For the third straight year, Duke is starting over. Not from scratch, but close. All the stars – Jahili Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, Quinn Cook – are gone. Only four players of note are left from last season, only one who started against Wisconsin.