When the Carolina Hurricanes traded Jamie McBain and a second round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Andrej Sekera on the day of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, they expected a shutdown type of defenseman with good skating ability.
The Carolina Hurricanes did not expect Andrej Sekera to be one of the team’s best defenseman both offensively and defensively from day one of the season through January.
Andrej Sekera, the NHL’s reigning third star of the week, ranks 14th in out of NHL defensemen in points with 30 (8 goals, 22 assists). His eight goals rank 11th in the NHL. Andrej Sekera’s Corsi for is almost 10 points higher than it was last season in Buffalo.
The Slovak defenseman’s season has not gone unnoticed. He was chosen to be a member of the Slovokian Olympic Hockey team for the Olympics in February
Andrej Sekera has been able to form an elite defensive duo with fellow Olympian Justin Faulk. They have complimented each other unbelievably well throughout the entire season. They are both terrific skaters that can bail each other out if one of them make a mistake, they both have the ability to shutdown top line players, and they both look like forwards at times with their ability to make plays on the rush and in the offensive end. The offense is especially is true for Andrej Sekera.
Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera have been a huge part of leading the Carolina Hurricanes this year. They both are averaging over 23 minutes of ice time per game, and Sekera is a +5 on the year. Justin Faulk is a -2.
At the time of the trade in June, it looked like a pretty even deal. The Carolina Hurricanes gave up a top-six defenseman and a second round draft pick for what appeared to be a top-four defenseman, but now, it looks like the Carolina Hurricanes stole an elite defenseman from the Buffalo Sabres.