2001-02: Dwyer attended Western Michigan University, where he posted 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) in 38 games. He was second on the team in goals and points. Dwyer was rewarded for his phenomenal season by being named CCHA Rookie of the Year. He was also invited to the U.S. Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid.
2002-03: Dwyer was selected in the fourth round, 116th overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers. Dwyer suffered from a torn MCL and a shoulder injury that impacted his production, recording just 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists).
2003-04: Dwyer got back on track despite suffering the effects of a concusion and a shoulder injury. He was amongst the team leaders in goals (13), assists (13), and points (26).
2004-05: Dwyer was named team captain entering his senior year at Western Michigan. At the completion of the CCHA season, Dwyer signed a contract to play with the Atlanta Thrashers ECHL affiliate, the Gwinnett Gladiators.
2005-06: Playing with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, Dwyer led all Wolves rookies in goals (16), assists (29), and points (45).
2006-07: Dwyer signed with the Hurricanes during the off-season and was assigned to play for the Albany River Rats of the AHL.
2007-08: Dwyer continues to play for the Albany River Rats of the AHL.
Read Hockey’s Future’s July 2004 interview with Dwyer here.
Talent AnalysisDwyer is a hard-working forward who possesses good speed and acceleration. He’s an aggressive competitor who can be difficult to play against. His play along the boards and in the corners is quite good. He uses his speed particularly well in transitioning. He can play in virtually any type of situation. He is defensively responsible.
The biggest knock on Dwyer is his size. He is not only 5’11, but thin as well. While he will play the body, Dwyer could stand to do so more often. He reads plays and anticipates well. He possesses a quick release and very good wrist shot. Among Dwyer’s other outstanding attributes are his passing skills and his relentless pursuit of loose pucks. He has shown a willingness to drive to the net. His excellent passing skills make him an ideal player to set up his teammates.