Apr 3, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen John-Michael Liles (26) is congratulated by teammates after his second period goal against the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday Carolina Hurricanes Report

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Apr 1, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (27) carries the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Carolina Hurricanes won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • Yesterday’s blog on Rod Brind’Amour being a possible coaching candidate can be found here.
  • The Hurricanes play the New York Rangers tonight at 7 p.m. A preview will be posted later this morning.
  • Mark Jones explains how the Hurricanes are using these last games to evaluate players (Bleacher Report)
  • Weekly report on the Charlotte Checkers (Checkers’ Website)
  • Chip Alexander goes over the tough decisions the Hurricanes will have to make this summer (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • Corey Sznajder asks if Justin Faulk is a building block or a center piece (Shutdown Line)

My Opinion

Faulk has generally been viewed as the defenseman of the future for the Hurricanes — and with good reason. He came into the league at a young age and performed extremely well on a team that had a porous veteran defense.

But this season, I believe one could argue was a disappointment for Faulk. He didn’t have a bad year, but with it being his third in the league, more leaps in development was expected.

He’s scored a career high in points and has found a great partner in Andrej Sekera, but we still see some inconsistent nights from the 22 year old.

I still believe he is the franchise d-man of the future, but Faulk will likely need a strong cast around him.

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