Before the season Patrick Dwyer was thought to be just a AHL caliber player. This season he proved that he is indeed a NHL caliber player and proved to be a good 3rd to 4th line player. Dwyer proved to be a good surprise in a season of very few good surprises.
Patrick Dwyer was called up in mid-november after the Hurricanes suffered an aray of injuries. Dwyer soon became a very reliable player on the ice in penalty kill situations. Now Dwyer will never be a 20 goal scorer, but brings some grit to a team in transition. Dwyer played in 58 games this season scoring 7 goals and assisting on on 5 more for a total of 12 points. This marks only the 2nd season where Dwyer has seen some NHL playing time and both have been with the Hurricanes including 2 playoff games in 2008-2009.
Dwyer will likely make the roster next season after proving himself this season along with the youth that will be inserted in the 2010-2011 roster. Dwyer will bring great penalty killing skills along with the odd goal and grit. Dwyer will be only one of many young players to crack next year’s roster.