Justin Peters went from hero to zero in a fairly short amount of time for the Carolina Hurricanes this year. After, apparently, saving the season during a five-game stretch in November, Justin Peters was nothing short of an afterthought after the month of December.
From Nov. 5 – Nov. 15, Justin Peters went 4-0-1 on a five-game homestand with both Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin out with injuries. Peters allowed just just six goals over those five games, and earned a shutout.
In the month of December, Justin Peters went 3-2-3 with a .926 save percentage. That very solid month of December only rewarded him with one more appearance in net, on Jan. 19 when he allowed three goals on seven shots and was pulled 15 minutes into period one against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Carolina Hurricanes lost that game 5-3.
Justin Peters ended the year with a 7-9-4 record with a 2.50 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. Peters picked up career highs in wins and games played. He also finished with a near career high in goals against average.
Once Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin returned from injury, Justin Peters got the raw end of the deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. He didn’t see any game action in February, March, or April.
While the future is uncertain for goalie Cam Ward, I think it is time to let Justin Peters go to free agency. He has paid his dues in the organization, and he was on the bench for the entirety of the post Olympic break schedule.
I think Justin Peters can make a run as a backup goalie in the NHL, but if the Carolina Hurricanes hold on to both Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, it won’t happen here.
Justin Peters is a good goalie, but I think he is easily replaceable as a fringe NHL goalie or a backup. I do not think the Carolina Hurricanes should re-sign Justin Peters.