Years ago, Sammi Kapanen of the Canes won the All Star game speed skating competition, and the Canes have usually been described as a fast team (though not last year...).
I live far enough away that I haven't been to a game at RBC in years. It's evidently much easier to recognize the fast (and the slow) skaters in person than via TV. And that may go double for people who get to practices.
For example, I keep hearing Dwyer described as fast, but that you need to be quite close to him to recognize that.
There's a difference between top speed and acceleration speed. I wouldn't say Pitkanen accelerates quickly, but by all accounts he's regarded as a very fast (and effortless) skater. Cole clearly has a high speed (though not what he was before the neck injury), but again I don't know that he has exceptional acceleration. Samsonov doesn't have a high top speed but may have good acceleration. I suppose Harrison and Babchuk (and Gleason?) might be the slowest Canes.
At any rate, can I persuade some of the folks who see the practices and games "up close" to list the Canes players quartile style, in four groups from the fastest group to the slowest? I suppose for simplicity's sake acceleration and top speed can be combined into one rating.