While Ward did so much good in Carolina, his start in Raleigh was one of the worst I’ve seen for a goaltender. I’ve watched Canes hockey forever, and Cam got off to one of the worst starts. Let that sink in. It truly was that bad.
Ward jumped into the NHL the year after the season lost to the lockout. So in 2005-06 Ward would make his NHL debut, and he would embark on his NHL career. But as stated, it didn’t exactly start in a blaze of glory statistically.
In 28 regular-season games, he recorded a 3.68 goals-against average and a 0.882 save percentage. Luckily for Ward, his first year in Carolina was gonna come with extra hockey due to the heroics of Martin Gerber between the pipes.
Ward was in the NHL in his debut season and he was in the playoffs. Even as a backup, Ward could have hope to sit behind a goalie who had done so well during the regular season to get the Hurricanes to this point. It was just sit and learn for Ward for now, right?