With an influx of new talent, the Carolina Hurricanes hope to improve on their middling power play. With the first weekend of the season in the books, we take a look at the early results.
After finishing the 2018-19 season with the 20th ranked power play in the NHL, the Carolina Hurricanes have undergone a bit of a transformation. Longtime power-play quarterback Justin Faulk is out; offensively-inclined rearguard Jake Gardiner is in. Oh yeah, Dougie Hamilton, who turned in a career-best 18 goals last season, is manning the point, too.
Up front, Micheal Ferland (6 PPG last season) left for Vancouver and Justin Williams (9 PPG last season) decided to take some time away from hockey. To help offset these moves, GM Don Waddell used a variety of options: trade (Erik Haula), free agency (Ryan Dzingel), and promotion (Martin Necas).
While Haula lost most of last year to injury, 12 of his 29 goals in 2017-18 were scored on the man advantage while 5 of Dzingel’s 26 goals came that way. Necas, poised for his first real taste of NHL action after appearing in 8 games over the past 2 seasons, potted 5 of his 16 goals on the power play for the Charlotte Checkers last year.
So, how have the new-look Hurricanes fared on the power play so far this season? Let’s take a look.