So here we are at the mid-point of the year and it's not been a pretty one for the Hurricanes.
GP W L OL P GF GA
Carolina Hurricanes 42 20 18 4 44 130 137
44 points in 42 games and a record at exactly .500 does not exactly scream champion.
Injuries seem to have hit there peak as the team is missing:
Scott Walker, Bret Hedican, Niclas Wallin, Matt Cullen, Justin Williams, Andrew Ladd, David Tanabe.
So, with that said, lets take a look at how the players have been doing
Eric Staal: B
He's played OKAY... but hasn't done much special so far. Production is average ad not the rebound we were hoping for.
Justin Williams: B+
Williams was quietly one of our best forwards, but he's gone for the season now.
Rod Brind'amour: B-
With age starting to catch up to him, his production is slowly tapering off.
Matt Cullen: A+
Everything beyond expectations from this guy, but after suffering a cocussion, who knows what we'll get from him.
Andrew Ladd: A
He's been the physical force we all hoped he would be, and (when he returns from surgery) should continue on his way to his most productive season yet.
Jeff Hamilton: C
Good at what he does, but that doesn't amount to much.
Ray Whitney: A
Ray continues to be one of the most dangerous 'Canes on a nightly bases
Frantisek Kaberle: D-
Poor production, poor defensive play... definately worn out his welcome in Raleigh
David Tanabe: C
Decent, but not great. Same old Tanabe.
Glen Wesley: B+
Still among our most consistant Defensemen
Mike Commodore: B
Solid defenseman still trying to settle into a role as a two-way guy or defensive specialist.
He seems to come in streaks. Disappears for stretches then returns with a big game.
Chad Larose: A
Better than expected. Irritating to play against to be sure.
Dennis Seidenberg: B
our most solid D-man thus far.
Scott Walker: B-
Has a knack for the rough stuff, but puts up mediocre numbers. Has shown more heart than any player on this team.
Bret Hedican: C+
Age and injuries have finally and unfortunately caught this man.
Trevor Letowski: D
I question why exactly he is even on this team at times...
Cam Ward: C+
Started the year on fire, slowly drifting into obscurity once again.
John Grahame: C-
Had a couple wins, but erratic goaltending to say the least. He's gone now...
Craig Adams: C
Another player who is usually a solid defensive forward, but can't put up the numbers. Been less than stellar this year.
Power Play: B
Penalty Kill: F
Overall team rank: C+