32-Year-Old Right Wing – Free Agent
Patrick Dwyer Contract Information:
Became an unrestricted free agent in July 2015.
Dwyer found the back of the net for the fifth time this season in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Last season, Dwyer averaged over 15 minutes of ice time per game in a checking line role. His minus-7 rating is what you'd expect from an energy line player. However, he also proved he can chip in some secondary scoring with 16 points (8G, 8A) in just 46 games -- the best points-per-game output of his career. Unfortunately, all this adds up to not a whole lot of fantasy value in most standard formats. For those of you in ultra-deep leagues, give him a look in the later rounds.
Listed at 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Dwyer is a bit small for an NHL forward but he counters with speed and physical play on the third and fourth lines. Though his role is primarily that of a penalty killer, Dwyer has shown steady improvement on the offensive end since joining the Hurricanes organization in 2006. The Carolina club was able to secure his services with a two-year, $1.25 million deal this past June.
Dwyer averaged far more ice time last season (12:30), than in his rookie year: (8:33). Unfortunately, the vast majority of fantasy owners haven't taken the bait on his services. Will he mature and become an important member of the Hurricanes someday? Yes, we have a feeling that he will, but there are plenty of young skaters on his own team - namely Brandon Sutter and Zach Boychuk - that can easily trump anything that Dwyer brings to the table, making him a reach, even in deep fantasy leagues.
Dwyer, a standout from Western Michigan, agreed to a two-way contract with the Hurricanes this past offseason. Itís early in his career, so expect him to get work in both the NHL and Albany of the AHL.
Despite a couple of callups for depth after injuries on the Carolina roster, Dwyer never got a chance to show himself. That will probably happen again in 2008-09; it's unlikely that Dwyer will make much noise beyond the AHL level.
Dwyer would have to climb over a whole lot of warm bodies to get a crack at any significant ice time in Raleigh this season.
Not to be confused with Gordie Dwyer, Pat has a prospect of some playing time with the Hurricanes, albeit probably not for a year or so. At 5-11, 160, he needs to fill out considerably if he's to endure the banging at the NHL level.