No player in recent memory has had the kind of season that Derek Joslin had this year for the Carolina Hurricanes. Acquired in mid February of 2011 from the San Jose Sharks for future considerations, Joslin had a decent if not solid run with the Hurricanes to close out the 2010-11 season and looked primed to compete for the #6 spot on the blue line this year. The emergence of Justin Faulk, however, put those plans on hold, and it was November 6, in a game against the Dallas Stars before Joslin was able to crack the game day line up. Once in the line up, Joslin was able to see fairly consistent ice time, playing 14 of 20 games, including the game against the Stars.
As December turned to January Joslin once again saw himself out of the lineup for an extended period of time. It was during this time period that Joslin played 4 games with the Charlotte Checkers, where he would register three assists and an even +/- rating. Joslin would return to the line up on January 14th, taking the place of an injured Jaroslav Spacek. He would play in seven consecutive games ad Spacek was out with an upper body injury. This would be the last time that Joslin would see consistent time as a defender for the rest of the season.
Staring in mid-February Joslin was inserted in to the line up as a fourth line winger. It was at this position that Joslin would play for the remainder of the season, being scratched only two games the rest of the season.
We'll take a look Joslin's stats after the jump.
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It's hard to argue with the fortitude Joslin showed this year. He worked hard every opportunity he was given. It was his work ethic that Coach Muller pointed to when he decided to insert Joslin in to the game on the fourth line. Once inserted in to the lineup as a forward Joslin acquitted himself adequately. He quickly made the transition for defense to forward, a position he had not played since before his days in juniors.
Joslin did finish tied for the third worst +/- rating on the team with a -15 rating, although just under half came late in the season when he played as a forward. He was able to only score 4 points, two goals and two assists. While Joslin is not expected to contribute on the offensive side of the puck, he doesn't contribute enough to the team to score only 4 points in 44 games. With that said, it's hard to determine what impact playing forward had on his point total for the season.
Derek Joslin's NHL salary last year was $650,000 a cap hit of $700,000. He earned slightly less than this due to his brief stint in the AHL.
How would you grade Derek Joslin's play this year? Did he exceed the expectations of a depth player? Was he disappointing in that he could never move much beyond a depth player? Was it simply too small of a sample and too varied in the play to earn anything other than an incomplete? What are your thoughts on keeping Joslin on the NHL team next year especially as it relates to Ryan Murphy?