The 2013-2014 season was full of struggles for the Carolina Hurricanes, and the powerplay was at the forefront of those issues.
The powerplay unit was changed regularly by former head coach Kirk Muller and his coaching staff. By the end of the season, players like Jay Harrison and Riley Nash were both frequently seen players on the man-advantage.
The Carolina Hurricanes scored on 14.6% of their powerplays. That ranked third to last in the National Hockey League in front of only the Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres, the teams that picked 1st and 2nd in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Bill Peters, new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, stated from day one that the powerplay needs to improve exponentially in the 2014-2015 season.
He also said that the first power play unit could consist of Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal, and Elias Lindholm up front, and that Alexander Semin would man the right point, and Justin Faulk or Ryan Murphy would be on the left point.
Forward like Jordan Staal, Zach Boychuk, Jiri Tlusty, Nathan Gerbe, and Riley Nash could make up the forward spots on the second power play unit. Andrej Sekera, John-Michael Liles, or one of Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy could man the points on the second unit.
Bill Peters seemed shocked that Alexander Semin was never frequently used on the point on the Carolina Hurricanes powerplay under the coaching of Kirk Muller.
The Carolina Hurricanes have players that can play well on the man-advantage. At this point, it is all about pairing up the right players. Hopefully Bill Peters will do that next season.