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Bobby Sanguinetti An Important Piece Of Carolina Hurricanes Blue Line

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The woes on defense have been plentiful for the Carolina Hurricanes this season. Whether it’s trying to stay healthy or trying to keep the puck out of the net, the Canes simply haven’t been able to do it on a consistent basis so far in 2013.

One player who has been pretty impressive on the blue line, though, has been Bobby Sanguinetti. In his first year with the Hurricanes, and in the league overall, he’s making a case for himself to stick around as a full-time blue liner beyond this season.

This defensive corps for the Hurricanes has been absolutely decimated by injury this year. Injured reserve has taken the likes of Justin Faulk and Joni Pitkanen, while others have missed time as well. That’s opened the door for an opportunity for Sanguinetti, who has taken advantage of it.

Sanguinetti has appeared in 26 games this year, after appearing in eight tilts combined over the past two seasons. That total comes despite battling numerous injuries throughout the year, any of which could have held him out for longer than they did. So it’s pretty evident that he’s demonstrating some toughness with the Canes, as he tries to make his case for a role beyond this year.

On the season, Sanguinetti has five points, including his first career goal, which came back at the end of February. He’s sitting at a minus-5 for the year and has served only four minutes in the sin bin so far.

Sanguinetti is far from a star. But he’s the type of player that has been important to the Canes this year. He’s provided depth in the event of injury and could very well be a guy that sticks around beyond this year, as a role player on the blue line. He’s proven his worth and could very well get a shot next season.