February 25, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (28) against the Florida Panthers at the RBC center. The Panthers defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Contour of the Checkers: Justin Faulk

Since Sunday’s game is most likely the last time Checkers fans will see Justin Faulk in the line-up, given his expertise in the defensive zone and time spent with Carolina prior to the lockout, this week’s contour is getting to know him a little better.

Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2010, he spent 66 games with the team in the 2011-2012 season for his professional debut.  He appeared in his first NHL and Hurricanes game on October 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He would only be a healthy scratch for four games throughout the entire season and lead rookie defenseman with time on the ice.  He was also named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team.

This season with the Checkers he managed to post 5 goals and 19 assists in 31 games played.  He has registered 77 shots on goal as a defenseman and has a rating of +2.

Prior to his career with the Hurricanes organization he played for Minnestoa-Duluth leading the defenseman in scoring with 8 goals and 25 assists in his freshman year, setting a record for rookie scoring at UMD.  He also helped lead the Bulldogs to capture the national championship.

After being drafted in 2010, he appeared in 13 playoff games with Charlotte after the conclusion of his rookie season with the Bulldogs.  He made his AHL debut against the Hershey on April 20 in the 4th game of the Eastern Division Semifinals.

Faulk is expected to be paired with Jay Harrison as the second defensive pairing.  The two combined last season posted 45 points each with 14 assists and Harrison potting one more goal with 9 to Faulk’s 8.  With a shortened season and Faulk already posting 5 with Charlotte, I’m curious to see how many more points Justin can post.

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