It was great celebrating another July 4th, Independence Day in the United States. I hope you all enjoyed your BBQ and fireworks! Not a bad way to pass the time before more Canes off-season news is announced. A proud day for Americans all over the world, the Carolina Hurricanes have had some great Americans play for them and currently do.
Possibly by design, the Canes have always had a solid group of American-born players, and some of the top players in the franchise’s history are Americans.
Players like Erik Cole, Bret Hedican, and Justin Faulk are just a few of the American players that have left their stamp on the franchise.
Will any of the current American players on the roster go down as legends for the club?
With quite a few players from the state of New York, we will start with youngster Jack Drury. Drury was able to get some extended playing time at the NHL level this past season and is looking to build on that with an expanded role.
The subject of many rumors this off-season, defenseman Brett Pesce is a native of Tarrytown, New York. Pesce has had a great career as a Cane and with one year left on his contract, his days in Carolina may be numbered.
Pesce’s defensive pairing, Brady Skjei, is a native of Lakeville, Minnesota. Skjei has had a very nice career, starting with the New York Rangers. For another player with one year remaining on his contract, the American’s time in Raleigh could be coming to an end.
Keeping up with defensemen, Jalen Chatfield had a breakout season and has flourished under Rod Brind’Amour. Chatfield has the potential to be an all-time great Hurricanes defenseman. Chatfield is a native of Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Finally, we come to the power play specialist, Stefan Noesen. Hailing from Plano, Texas, Noesen was a first round draft choice in 2011. He had a wonderful career with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL and has now turned the corner with the Canes.
Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th!!