NHL Carolina Hurricanes

5 Carolina Hurricanes Currently Proving You Wrong

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5 Carolina Hurricanes Currently Proving You Wrong

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Hockey fans love being right, possibly more than any other fan base in sports. Inversely, they hate being wrong more than anyone else. There's just something about being a hockey fan that turns everything into a spitting contest.

At the beginning of the season, Carolina Hurricanes fans had a pretty fair idea of how things were going to go moving forward. It was pretty common knowledge that the Hurricanes were still in a transitional period and continuing to rebuild, yet it was almost a given that Eric Staal would lead the battle charge, Cam Ward would play anchor, and a cast of young rookies would draw straws for who would power the rejuvenating process.

Boy, were fans ever wrong.

Nobody saw any of the first fourth of the season coming, and if they say they did, they're either a time traveler or a liar. The cort├Ęge of injuries that weighed on the team like an anvil was as unexplainable as the ending of Inception. The stop-start performance of the top line and marquee players was equally as baffling.

Silver linings being what they are, there are a handful of players who showed up to play, and some who forgot to. Compare December's stats sheet to the preseason lineup, and it looks like a completely different team. Some of the supposedly no-name players have become the tip of the spear for what is hopefully a sustained assault brewing. Unfortunately, some big guns have failed to fire.

The humble pies are cooling on the window-sill as we take a look at five Hurricanes players who are making us all look stupid this season.

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5. Tim Gleason

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Any time anyone talks about Tim Gleason these days, they generally lead with his salary -- $4.5 million this season, in case anyone was wondering.

Gleason is making an absurd amount of money to be producing as little as he is. While the expectation was for him to show up, do his thing, put bodies into the boards, drop gloves, and the rest, he's been a complete disaster.

Two stints on injured reserve and vying for the title of Most Idiot Penalties In A Season shows that Gleason needs to be pointed away from Raleigh and given a shove. Who knew?

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4. Andrej Sekera

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At the beginning of the season, Andrej Sekera had two questions hanging over his head. Why does he still have a roster spot, and is the J silent?

Starting out, Sekera was being held back by the untied shoelace that is Justin Faulk. Once someone told Sekera he could take things into his own hands, its gotten to the point that head coach Kirk Muller was quoted this week saying, if he had to pick an MVP right now, Sekera would be it. Slick puckhandling, great rink vision, and perfect chemistry has made Sekera an overall surprise.

Yes, the J is silent.

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3. Jiri Tlusty

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Apparently the best thing for a player is to stick his name in some trade rumors, take away ice time, and sit back to watch the turnaround unfold.

This was the case with Jiri Tlusty, as he was in serious danger of having to call a moving company less than a month ago. Muller put a little fear into Tlusty, and he's been bonkers ever since. It's only a matter of time before he becomes one of the most feared shooters in the Metropolitan Division.

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2. Jeff Skinner

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What in the world has gotten into this kid?

Always a magnificent player, Jeff Skinner suddenly has been given the freehand to just do whatever and has gone blitzkrieg on everyone. In retrospect, making Skinner pass the puck a lot seems to have been a mistake. In December, all anyone has had to do was pass him the puck, point at the goal, and just let him do his thing.

Everyone knows Skinner is good, but nobody knew he was this good.

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1. Justin Peters

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Is there anyone more deserving of the top spot on this list than Justin Peters?

There is just nothing left to be said about Peters that he hasn't already said with his glove. Peters was an AHL call up, however, he cares not for such primitive labels. Instead of treading water, Peters just went ahead and painted the rink 12 shades of awesome. What's even better is that as Cam Ward gets less and less reliable, Peters plays better and better.

With Anton Khudobin coming back off of injured reserve, one of them needs to go. Peters is making it one of the toughest decisions a GM can make. Rest assured, Jim Rutherford will still find a way to screw it up.