4. Naming co-captains
To touch a little bit more on the leadership aspect for the Canes, the whole co-captain thing is taking a turn for the worst this season. The home captain, defenseman Justin Faulk, is having is worst season statistically since coming into the league six years ago.
Meanwhile, the away captain, Jordan Staal, is having a decent season statistically. A lot of that has been boosted by the likes of the top flight Finnish wing combination of Teuvo Teravainen (who just notched his first career 20 goal season on March 12) and Sebastian Aho.
Staal is the best center the Canes had so far this season. Peters shuffled the likes of Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask, and Derek Ryan around too. However, the top forward line trio featuring Staal, Aho, and Teravainen emerged as one of the best in the Eastern Conference for much of the year.
The fault in energy and leadership goes back as much to Faulk and Staal as it does to Peters. The decision to name co-captains this season is a bad move, from the way it looks now, for Peters during the pre-season. We’ll see if the captain situation stays this way entering the 2018-19 campaign.