With the 2012-13 season creeping closer, Hockey Prospectus and Craig Custance examine the rosters of every NHL team to see who is on the rise, who is declining and who could shine for the first time in the season ahead.
The Carolina Hurricanes performed plenty of due diligence before inking Alexander Semin to a one-year, $7 million deal, including advanced statistical analysis. Plus a glimpse at the new-look Southeast Division and notes on a big day in Phoenix.
While the top prizes in the 2012 free-agent class remain unclaimed, there were some early winners on Day 1 of the NHL's free agency period. Craig Custance provides his evaluations of first flurry of signings.