Feature Friday: #39 Patrick Dwyer

Patrick Dwyer against the New Jersey Devils (Courtesy: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Arguably one of the underrated overall players that plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, Patrick Dwyer was another major check mark that general manager Jim Rutherford was able to complete in the off-season. The 28-year-old right winger signed a 2-year deal worth $600k this year and $650k next season. Dwyer was drafted 116th overall by the (former) Atlanta Thrashers in the 2002 NHL entry draft.  Last season, Dwyer played 80 games for the Hurricanes, registering 18 points (8G, 10A) and 12 PIM’s. He has 1 point (an assist on Tlusty’s game-winning goal against Boston) in 4 games this season and has a +1 rating.

After a few successful stints for the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League, Dwyer finally broke through the Hurricanes line-up during the 2008-09 season. He spent some time with the River Rats (23 games) during the 2009-10 season, but played the remainder of his time with the big club. This season, Dwyer has seen some time on the checking line with Jiri Tlusty and alternate captain Brandon Sutter. Along with Tim Brent, Chad LaRose and Brandon Sutter, Dwyer is a key part of the Hurricanes’ penalty kill that has killed the opponent’s power play 76.2% of the time so far this season. Assuming Dwyer can stay healthy this season, you can expect him to remain a solid checking-line winger and one of the top penalty killers on the Hurricanes.

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