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Dion Phaneuf

Hurricanes' Hanifin latest teen to benefit from changing NHL game

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Back when he was coaching a whole bunch of 18-year-old defensemen in junior hockey, Bill Peters would never have entertained the thought of throwing one into the NHL, even the most supremely talented.tmpplchld The idea was somewhere between inconceivable and incomprehensible. And yet Thursday night, as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, he'll have 18-year-old Noah Hanifin in his opening-night lineup against the Nashville Predators.tmpplchld "I wouldn't have believed it," Peters said Wednesday.tmpplchld But Peters is also the first to acknowledged the game has changed. Thanks to the salary cap, the veteran depth player is rapidly becoming extinct. If...