Justin Peters was drafted in the second round, thirty-eighth overall, of the 2004 draft. He made his NHL debut in the 2009-2010 season after Cam Ward suffered a laceration in his leg after being cut by the skate of Rick Nash.
The same situation happens again. Justin Peters will be the Carolina Hurricanes starting goaltender until Anton Khudobin returns to the lineup. That will likely be a week and half or two weeks. That could be, potentially, six starts for Justin Peters before Khudobin returns.
He will likely stay with the team as Khudobins backup until Cam Ward returns, so he could get more starts than that.
Peters showed a lot of promise in the 2009-2010 season. He had six wins and three losses, and it seemed he had a future with the Carolina Hurricanes. Since then, he has consistently been inconsistent.
He has a record of 9-20-3 with the Hurricanes since that season. He has bounced up and down between the Hurricanes and the Charlotte Checkers. This could be the last chance for Justin Peters, who is twenty-seven years old.
This is the final year of a two year contract signed in the summer of 2012. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, and he will have to prove his worth over the next three to four weeks. Justin Peters has to earn his new contract over this time period, especially with the return of Mike Murphy to the organization.
Mike Murphy has proven to be able to play well as an AHL starter, and he could take Peters role as the injury call up goaltender. The Hurricanes could also find a goalie in the free agent market this summer that could replace Peters in that role.
If Peters does get six starts, I think he’d need to pick up three wins in order to keep his job safe and to keep the Hurricanes in a good spot in the standings when Anton Khudobin returns.
It is entirely possible Justin Peters will get a new contract from the Hurricanes this offseason, but these next four weeks will go a long way toward or away from that.