2005 Carolina Hurricanes Preview
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2005 Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Season Preview
The Carolina Hurricanes are a team boasting of speed and skill.
Players topping Carolina's roster include free agent, veteran
Corey Stillman, newly appointed Captain Rod Brind'Amour, crafty
forward Josef Vasicek and highly touted second-year center Eric
Winger Corey Stillman carries invaluable experience from his tenure with the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. In 2003-04 he scored 80 points for the Lightning with 55 assists. Finishing eighth overall in scoring, he was instrumental in leading the team to the Cup.
In his four seasons with the Hurricanes Captain Brind'Amour has played 241 games, scoring 61 goals and creating 101 assists. His work ethic and dedication make him a team favorite and great motivator.
Everyone is hoping that forward Josef Vasicek picks up where he left off at the end of the 2003-04 season when he led the Hurricanes with 19 goals, 45 points, and 82 games played. He also had 5 game-winning goals that season and was tied for second in assists and power-play goals.
Rounding out the speedy Carolina youth movement is Eric Staal, a player who has inspired great expectations and manufactured disappointing results. Sources say his season spent with the Lowell Loch Monsters has helped him refine his skills and focus his energy. In the AHL Staal found the edges of his skates and piled up 77 points in 77 games.
However a major hole for the Hurricanes may be right in front of their net. Goalie Martin Gerber is a new goalie who has never been an NHL starter. In Sweden this past season he achieved a goals against average of 1.90 and a save percentage of .929. If he can translate Swedish net minding into a stingy Canadian and American style, the Hurricanes will not be stopped.