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.

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