April 6, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a pad save on a shot by the Carolina Hurricanes left wing Drayson Bowman (21) during the 2nd period at the PNC center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Bottom Six Options: Blanchard And Bowman


With training camp only a few weeks away, Cardiac Cane will look at the candidates for the Carolina Hurricanes’ bottom six, the most contested positions on the team. We will look at two players a day for the next six days, done in alphabetical order.

(Note: Patrick Dwyer and Elias Lindholm were already counted as roster locks)

Nicolas Blanchard

Nicolas Blanchard played in nine games for the Hurricanes last season. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A gritty player with the ability to fight, Blanchard, played his first games in the NHL at the tail end of last season, appearing in nine games recording no points and 20 PIMs.

In his first few games, the 26-year-old was strong on the puck and generating chances, but fell off a little in the last games and was relegated to the fourth line.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing – Blanchard is a fourth line player and the team should not expect too much out of him, but it would be nice to see any player make an impact on the team.

Blanchard will be competing directly with Kevin Westgarth for a spot on the team, both are fighters, so who is better at their job will decide who makes the team.

Drayson Bowman

 

Drayson Bowman has 106 games in the NHL under his belt. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

One of the more experienced players on this list, Bowman, has never been able to stick with the Canes for a full season. The most he’s played in the NHL in one season is 37 games.

However, Bowman is a good two-way winger, which could help him earn a spot in the bottom six. The team will need responsible players for the lower lines and penalty kill specialists, which Bowman can do.

The 24-year-old will compete with other wingers such as Zach Boychuk, Zac Dalpe and Aaron Palushaj to make the Canes team next season. It won’t be easy, but Bowman’s experience could help him.

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