When I look at the Hurricanes' scoring chance numbers that I have been tracking since the beginning of the season, there is a lot of emphasis placed on even strength play. This is because most of the game is played at five-on-five and it is generally better to use even strength data as a way to find out a player's talent level. With that being said, special teams are very important, too and Carolina had a lot of trouble on both the powerplay and penalty kill this season. Their powerplay was not nearly as bad as their 19th ranking suggests, as they were getting shots on net with the man advantage but their PK gave up a lot of shots and chances.
There were a lot of different players used on both special teams units this year, so finding out who was the most and least effective will give us a better idea of what holes the Hurricanes have to fill next season. The PK appears to have quite a few holes judging by how many shots they surrender on a nightly basis.
Other than going by goal and points, one effective way to find out who is the most effective on special teams is to look at how many scoring chances the team surrenders when a certain player is on the ice. After the jump, we will look at those numbers from the Hurricanes last season.