Number Five - Cam Ward
Cam Ward reaches the top five on my list. Cam Ward carried the team to the only Stanley Cup victory in franchise history, and he has been the Carolina Hurricanes starting goalie since the 2006 playoffs.
It obviously takes a lot of skill to do this. It also takes a lot of commitment to stick with this team through the ups and downs. Cam Ward has been dedicated to this team since he took the ice in his first career start in 2005 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Regular Season Stats With The Carolina Hurricanes
Record (W-L-OTL) – 216-157-71
Goals Against Average – 2.74
Save Percentage – .910%
Cam Ward’s record with the Carolina Hurricanes is terrific. The defense has never been great for the Hurricanes, and he still finds ways to get the Hurricanes points in the standings. If the Carolina Hurricanes defense had been better over the years, I’m fully confident that Cam Ward’s stats would be a lot better, and that he’d be considered a Vezina Trophy candidate around the NHL.
Playoff Stats With The Carolina Hurricanes
Record (W-L-OTL) – 23-18-4
Goals Against Average – 2.38
Save Percentage – .917%
Cam Ward has been a very good playoff performer. He steps up his game, and he lives for the big moments. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes have only made the playoffs twice with Cam Ward, but that isn’t Ward’s fault.
Cam Ward won the Conn Smyth Trophy (playoff MVP) in 2006, and holds the Carolina Hurricanes record for regular season and playoff wins.