Carolina Hurricanes: 5 Most Important Players of the Postseason Surge

RALEIGH, NC - MAY 03: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11), Carolina Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter (21) Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74), and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) congratulate Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) after scoring his 100th playoff point during a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders on March 3, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MAY 03: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11), Carolina Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter (21) Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74), and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) congratulate Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) after scoring his 100th playoff point during a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders on March 3, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – MAY 14: Jaccob Slavin #74 the Carolina Hurricanes leaves the ice following warmups prior to Game Three of the Eastern Conference Third Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 14, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – MAY 14: Jaccob Slavin #74 the Carolina Hurricanes leaves the ice following warmups prior to Game Three of the Eastern Conference Third Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 14, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /

1) Jaccob Slavin

472 shifts, 26 minutes a game, 11 assists, and 0 minutes spent in the penalty box. That was Jaccob Slavin’s postseason. For every single shift that featured Slavin on the backend, number 74 gave absolutely everything that he possibly had to give; and then he reached down deep and grabbed a little bit more.

The imposing Hurricane harkens back to an age of blue-collar Defensemen. He protects the puck, he controls his zone, and he creates opportunities for the skill players on his team to do their job. He rarely makes a mistake, and he always accepts the responsibility of the more difficult defensive tasks.

Slavin and Brett Pesce where critical to the success early in the playoffs. they neutralized the offensive talent that those teams possess, and always gave the Hurricanes a chance. In the second round, the Hurricanes beat the best defensive team in hockey, by having a better defense; and that defense goes as Slavin does. If that doesn’t speak to the talent of that individual than nothing will.

This postseason is just the beginning for the young blue liner. The Carolina faithful new of the talent that he possessed, and the rare ability he has to see things develop, and always answer with the right decision. Many people watching the playoffs had no idea just how good he was, and it is only a matter of time until Carolina’s own becomes a household name.

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