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Dan Ellis

Posted: April 19, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Carolina Hurricanes

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The Good: Dan makes the most of his limited size and never quits on a play. He can be a starter for stretches, as seen in Tampa Bay and Nashville, but unless Jonas Hiller is out for an extended period of time, dont expect that in Anaheim. He has a ton of perseverance, which suits him well in battling shooters on a regular basis. He can be a solid backup goalie at a cheap price ($1,500,000).  Ellis isn’t a superstar goalie or anything, but he can be solid, as shown when he stole the starting role from Chris Mason in Nashville.  He does give up rebounds, but he’s pretty athletic so he can get back usually. He loves to play the puck, which can help on the power play. He also has a great sense of humor and is great to have in the change room. Due to his competitive nature, when the games count, he brings a new level to his game, but doesn’t get much opportunity playing as a backup. (more…)

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Carolina Hurricanes Depth Chart

Posted: February 24, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Carolina Hurricanes, Depth Charts

  1.  Cam Ward
  2. Brian Boucher
  3. Justin Peters
  4. Mike Murphy
  5. Matt Mahalak
  6. Frederik Andersen

Justin Peters

Posted: February 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Carolina Hurricanes

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 The Good: Peters is a big butterfly goalie who possesses excellent agility and instincts in the net. He’s a good skater and is strong playing the puck on shoot-ins. A real competitor, he plays consistently well and always gives his team a chance to win, occasionally even stealing games outright. His positioning is very strong and so he plays even bigger than his already decent size. After four seasons in pro hockey, he is an experienced, well-developed goalie who understands how to play to his strengths. He proved capable of serving as a temporary fill-in last season and with his experience and size could be an interesting target for a team seeking a number one goalie. With Ward’s injury struggles in the past, however, it is not likely that the Hurricanes would part with Peters. Brian Boucher won’t be around long, so Boucher should be up with the big club full time in the next few seasons.  (more…)

Brian Boucher

Posted: January 12, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Carolina Hurricanes
  

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The Good:  Boucher has the ability to recover and never quits on a play, regardless of how awkward he looks.  He owns the ability to steal victories from time to time, but as a backup goalie that wont happen too much. While with Phoenix, he broke the modern-day NHL record for the longest shutout streak by a goalie, going unscored upon for 332 minutes, or 5 and a half games. He’s calm, he’s poised, he moves well. He’s a great athlete You can also tell he feels good about himself when he’s on top of his game. When he’s hot, hes hot, shown with his shutout record and strong run with Philly in 2009-2010, helping the team to the finals.  Fan favorite. (more…)

Cam Ward

Posted: January 12, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Carolina Hurricanes

 The Good: Ward, on his game, is one of the best goalies in the league. He’s shown that during three stretches of his career: during the 05-06 Playoffs when he won the Conn Smythe, at the very beginning of the 07-08 season when he was in the Top 5 in every goalie statistic in the league, and during the last 20 or so games of the season.  Cam has an ideal body for the goaltending position and an exemplary attitude. He loves the pressure of tending goal in big games, such as the Stanley Cup finals in 2006. In the two playoffs he has taken apart of during his short career, he has won a total of 6 series, including a cup in 06. He is as cool as a cucumber when facing a ton of rubber,  has excellent fundamentals and good tools such as an excellent catching hand.

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