One thing the Carolina Hurricanes lacked last season that was a big part in the team’s dreadful year was the lack of secondary offense. The team relied heavily on the first line and no one picked up any extra scoring.
This year has been better in terms of secondary scoring and one player that has certainly helped over the last three games is Nathan Gerbe. The former Buffalo Sabre had three points yesterday against the Ottawa Senators and then a highlight reel goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
Gerbe also has 25 points this season, good for fifth on the team and ahead of players like Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu and maybe even more important – has played every game something only three other Canes have done.
But the 26-year-old has disappeared at times this season, which has hurt the Hurricanes’ secondary production. Three times this season he has gone four or more games without recording a point, which is not a good stat for someone that averages a point every two games.
I’m not saying Gerbe needs to contribute three points a night like he did yesterday, but the Hurricanes will need secondary scoring if they want to make the playoffs. And if they do make the playoffs, that depth scoring becomes even more important.
I know this isn’t fair for Gerbe, there are nine other players outside the first line that can contribute to the offense, but the 5-foot-5 winger is the one that has contributed the most (unless if you count Jeff Skinner, who is more of a primary scorer).
Essentially what I would like to see from Gerbe is more consistency. Instead of vanishing for four to six games, I’d like to see him space out that scoring. That’s easier said then done, but it’s definitely something the Hurricanes need.