Jaccob Slavin is so good that sportschannel8 made a song about how good he is. He is probably the best pure defender in the franchise. Not something anyone should take lightly.
Tim Gleason was a main stay on the Carolina Hurricanes’ blue line for 9 years (2006-2014,2015)and 514 games. While he missed the 2006 cup season, he still helped the team reach the Conference Finals in 2009. Probably one of the biggest names in the team’s history.
Coming over in the Linholm and Hanifin trade, Dougie Hamilton is quickly become a fan favorite, a feat that is hard for defenseman to achieve. He is fast, has a laser shot, and is on fire this season. Teach me how to Dougie is no longer a dance, its a ballet of skates and goals.
Another former captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, Justin Faulk came to Raleigh in 2012, became an all-star, and then got to finally go to the playoffs last season, a feat that few Canes players that stuck with team in the 2010’s got to do. He was traded last off season to the St.Louis Blues as he tries to reinvent himself.
Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2015 (5th overall), Noah Hanifin was part of a young core of Defensemen that eventually became a dominant force in the NHL. Unfortunately, he left that group in 2018 when he was traded to Calgary for the previously mentioned Dougie Hamilton. His ceiling is still almost limitless.
Another defenseman that the Hurricanes drafted (2013, 3rd round) , Brett Pesce has developed into a solid force on the blue line working well with Slavin, Hamilton and others. The Tarrytown, NY native is probably the second best pure defender in franchise history and is slowly making his case for first.