Carolina Hurricanes Player Power Rankings: Quarter Mark Thoughts

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Hurricanes players congratulate Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) on winning goal during the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres NHL game on November 14, 2019, at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Hurricanes players congratulate Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) on winning goal during the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres NHL game on November 14, 2019, at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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OTTAWA, ON – NOVEMBER 9: Jonathan Davidsson #17 of the Ottawa Senators stickhandles the puck around the net against James Reimer #47 and Joel Edmundson #6 of the Carolina Hurricanes at Canadian Tire Centre on November 9, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON – NOVEMBER 9: Jonathan Davidsson #17 of the Ottawa Senators stickhandles the puck around the net against James Reimer #47 and Joel Edmundson #6 of the Carolina Hurricanes at Canadian Tire Centre on November 9, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Midway Players

. Joel Edmundson. 15. player. 109. .

RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 06: Carolina Hurricanes Defenceman Joel Edmundson (6) skates in before a face-off during a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on October 6, 2019.(Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 06: Carolina Hurricanes Defenceman Joel Edmundson (6) skates in before a face-off during a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on October 6, 2019.(Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

A strong defender with a wicked shot from the blue paint that can find the back of  the net.  Several years ago you would be thinking that I was speaking of Justin Faulk. Who would have guessed that it would be the man who came back as part of a trade package that involved a prospect in the return as well. Joel Edmundson has been an excellent surprise. 

But will he continue to surprise us?

Performance: 2-3-5 At Potential

. . . James Reimer. 14. player. 109

SUNRISE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 08: James Reimer #47 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on against the Florida Panthers during the first period at BB&T Center on October 08, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 08: James Reimer #47 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on against the Florida Panthers during the first period at BB&T Center on October 08, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Having Reimer on this list is breaking the one rule I set for it since he has only had eight starts for the Carolina Hurricanes. But he is a goaltender and they need not follow the rules. Just like he won’t be spending time in the penalty box, he won’t be sitting this list out. Although many Caniacs want him to be sitting out of most games.

Truth is, he is better than his record and is not playing to his full potential. His best games are still ahead of him.

Performance: 3-4-0, 3.07 GAA, 0.903 sv% Underachieving

What Should Carolina Do About James Reimer?. light. Related Story

109. . . . Brett Pesce. 13. player

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 05: Brett Pesce #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on from the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 5, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 05: Brett Pesce #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on from the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 5, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) /

I really wanted Pesce to be higher on this list, I really did. But he has pretty much disappeared after a stellar first 10 games of the season. Someone get his brother back into the arena to give him another brotherly lesson, Bradlee style. But seriously let’s do something for him, he has been non-existent on the ice.

But perhaps thats a good thing for a shutdown defender. But this team needs more offense, it always will, so he will fall below his defensive peers.

Performance: 2-5-7 Underachieving

Nino Niederreiter . 12. player. 109. . .

BUFFALO, NY – NOVEMBER 14: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates for the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game on November 14, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – NOVEMBER 14: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates for the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game on November 14, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) /

While some guys are disappearing into the abyss Nino Niederreiter is one of the few that have finally started to appear from within it. Although he only has a pair of goals under his belt he is starting to benefit from a new linemates and a faster pace of play.  He is still overall underachieving but trending in the right direction.

Once again this is the part where we remind everyone that the trade was ONE FOR ONE.

Performance: 2-6-8 Underachieving