5 Things Carolina Hurricanes’ Fans Should Be Excited About

Feb 3, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho (20) watches play from the bench against the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena. the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 3, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho (20) watches play from the bench against the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena. the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 12, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters looks on against the Minnesota Wild at PNC Arena. The Minnesota Wild defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in the overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Excellent Coaching Staff

I’ll be honest. I’ve definitely criticized Bill Peters here before in my writing on this site.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s doing an excellent job.  Travis Yost wrote an excellent article about Peters ability to influence the Canes shot rates last summer.  I also took a look at the Canes metrics at the start of the year and they showed Bill Peters continuing to improve the team as well.  It’s not just in the stats either, the team seems to have bought into Peters’s system as well and while there have been some setbacks recently overall the team has improved year to year.

Next: In Defense of Noah Hanifin

Not to say there still aren’t problems with the team.  The power play still looks pretty pathetic no matter what they do with it, and the young team is prone to some really questionable decisions.  But what coach is perfect?  Even the greats like Bruce Boudreau and Mike Babcock make mistakes, and Bill Peters is no exception.  Overall, though, Bill Peters has the team headed in the right direction and performing at its highest level in years.  Once all those draft picks start coming through and improving the talent level on the roster it will be really fun to see what Peters can do with an actual playoff contender.