Player Review: Patrick Dwyer

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.

Topics: AHL, Albany River Rats, Carolina Hurricanes, Patrick Dwyer

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