Apr 11, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) makes a save in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes 2013-14 Grades: Goaltenders And Depth Players


Dec 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Mike Komisarek (5) with the puck as he is pursued by Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) behind the net at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

This is the fourth and final part in a four-part series grading the Carolina Hurricanes players and their 2013-14 seasons. Today we’ll grade the Hurricanes’ goaltenders and depth players. There will be seven graded today in total.

Goaltenders

Anton Khudobin
Record: 19-14-1, 2.30 GAA, .926 SVP
Grade: A+

Khudobin was signed at the start of the season to compete with Cam Ward for the starting spot, but much more than that as he won the job and now looks like the future in net. He gave the Canes a chance to win in every game and even stole a few, while creating playoff hopes. In my opinion, he was the Hurricanes’ most valuable player.

Justin Peters
Record: 7-9-4, 2.50 GAA, .919 SVP
Grade: B+

Peters did more this season than anyone would have expected or really hoped for. He played amazing in December and looked like he could be a starting goalie, but once he was jettisoned to a back-up, he again struggled. But like Khudobin, Peters kept playoff hopes alive during a tough time and his season can be called a success.

Cam Ward
Record: 10-12-6, 3.06 GAA, .898 SVP
Grade: B

Some may scoff at my grade for Ward, but he did give the Hurricanes a chance to win in most of the games he played and is not as bad as everyone remembers. His statistics aren’t great, but the team had a knack for playing bad in front of him. However, I won’t say he should be back due to injury issues, salaries and Khudobin.

Depth Players

Zach Boychuk
Stats: 11GP – 1g – 3a -4p
Grade: B+

The fact that Boychuk only played 11 games with the club is a sad thing. He played his best hockey of his career this season when he was with the Hurricanes. He looked good defensively, worked for the puck and created offense when he played with the first line. His future is up in the air right now, but whoever will be GM of the Canes should try to bring him back and keep him with the big club.

Mike Komisarek
Stats: 32GP – 0g – 4a – 4p
Grade: C

Komisarek was signed to be a veteran seventh d-man option and help young players develop — and he did just that. Sure he was slow and couldn’t do much offensively, but it would be silly to expect that much from him. Komisarek did all as he could and if you want to fault him for things out of his reach, blame management for bringing him in.

Brett Sutter
Stats: 17GP – 1g – 1a – 2p
Grade: C-

I can’t blame Sutter for not trying, but it’s seems he’s not cut out to be an NHL player at this point of his career. He simply isn’t strong enough on face-offs and doesn’t bring any offense. He’s quick and decent defensively, but you can find that in plenty of NHL players.

Chris Terry
Stats: 10GP – 0g – 2a – 2p

Like Sutter, I think Terry’s chance at an NHL career has passed him. In some nights he was noticeable in the offensive zone, but on most others, he did not stand out. He has good shootout moves, which helped the Hurricanes to a win, but he didn’t do much more than that. When he was recalled, it should have been Boychuk and not him.

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