Petr Mrazek and James Reimer – there is a certain amount of craziness to want to be a NHL goalie. Almost a Luna Lovegood amount of craziness. (I am saying this with nothing but respect; every Harry Potter character quiz I take, I always get Luna!) With that being said, along with a touch of craziness, there is a certain intelligence it takes to be a NHL goaltender. No matter what, you always have to be focus on the game, and make sure your mind is sharp at all times.
Lucas Wallmark plays the game the way Brind’Amour wants. For the Checkers, he was always the playmaker, but put in good shifts on the penalty kill as well. I believe he sees the game in a way most players does not. With his first NHL season under his belt, I can see more of his playmaking ability, as well as his hockey IQ, on display.
Dougie Hamilton – if the power play is going to click this year, it will be because of Hamilton. He played well after his injury healed from the beginning of the season, I can see him blossoming into our go-to powerplay quarterback this year.
Andrei Svechnikov – I have to admit, I was on the fence on which Hogwarts house to put Svechnikov into. Part of me wanted to put him in Slytherin, but it just didn’t quite fit. I finally decided on Ravenclaw after one ultimate factor; Rod Brind’Amour. I can see Rod teaching Svechnikov not only to use his talents, but to think the game as well. Svechnikov has an unparalleled hockey IQ for his age, and is going to be a point-scoring machine before long.
New additions to the team, Jake Gardiner is my pick to be in Ravenclaw for the Hurricanes this season. Gardiner is also a probable candidate for becoming a ‘powerplay quarterback’, which requires great offensive and defensive skill, alongside a vast hockey IQ.
So, there you have it, Caniacs! Your Carolina Hurricanes, sorted into their houses within the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Don Waddell gets an honorable mention as Albus Dumbledore, considering the skill in wizardry he has shown in the various dealings he has made since becoming the Carolina Hurricanes’ GM.
Question for CC Readers: Which houses would you have sorted the Bunch of Jerks into?