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Monday, March 22, 2010

Who to Collect (In Retrospect) - Justin Peters

Sometimes the road to the NHL is longer than expected for some prospects. There are many unexpected twists and turns in the path to recognition and then stardom. And even when there is a well-defined starter in place like Cam Ward, all a player needs to do is make an impression. If you need an example, check out Craig Anderson's career and where he is today.

Justin Peters is a young goaltender currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL. It's been an interesting journey through many leagues but at the moment he is the starting goaltender for one of the hotter teams in the league, although the 'Canes have no illusions of making the post-season this year.

After Peters was invited to the CHL Top Prospect game as one of the top goalies in the CHL, he was drafted 38th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He started his professional career in 2006–07 with the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats. He was demoted to the ECHL for parts of the 2007–08 season, but returned to the River Rats in 2008–09. During his ECHL time, he was selected as an ECHL All-Star.

On February 5, 2010, the Carolina Hurricanes recalled Justin Peters to the NHL after Cam Ward suffered an injury. He made his NHL debut for the Carolina Hurricanes on February 6, 2010 starting against the New York Islanders and made 34 saves in a 3-1 victory.

Justin Peters is a big butterfly goalie who possesses superb agility and instincts. A fantastic competitor, he plays consistently and always gives his team a chance to win. In his short time this season, Peters has compiled a record of 6 wins and 2 losses and a stellar .916 save percentage to go with a 2.48 GAA.

Upper Deck Series Two 2008-09 containing Justin Peters Young Gun RCs is out now and available at Canada Card World

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