Justin Faulk
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Justin Faulk


South St. Paul Minnesota

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2nd round (37th overall), 2010


205 lbs.

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2007-08: Faulk scored 5 goals with 12 assists for South St. Paul HS (MN) as a sophomore and also attended USA Hockey’s Select 16 tournament. Made a verbal commitment to attend Minnesota-Duluth in 2010-11.

2008-09: Faulk moved to Ann Arbor to play for the US NTDP program. In 64 games with the U-17 squad, he scored 12 goals, six on the power play, with 21 assists and 55 PIM. In 11 games against NAHL opponents, he scored 1 goal with 3 assist and 10 PIM. Faulk played for Team USA at the Four Nations Under-17 tournament where he scored 2 goals and added 1 assist with 27 PIM in four games. Faulk appeared in one game with the NTDP U-18 team.

2009-10: Faulk returned to Ann Arbor to play for the NTDP Under-18 team. In 60 games with the U-18 team, Faulk scored 21 goals, including a team-leading 14 on the power play, with 12 assists. In 21 games against USHL teams, Faulk scored 9 goals and added 3 assists and was +6 with 46 PIM. Faulk was also a member of the gold medal-winning USA team at the WJC U-18 tournament scoring 1 goal with 3 assists in seven games and attended the tryout camp for the U-20 squad in December.

2010-11: Faulk had a special season – winning a bronze medal with Team USA at the World Junior U-20 championships in Buffalo and an NCAA title as a freshman with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He capped the year off by signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes and appearing in 13 games for Charlotte in the AHL playoffs. In 13 games with the Checkers he had 2 assists and was -7 with 2 PMs. As a first-year college player, he adapted quickly to the increased level of competition and was one of the NCAA’s most dangerous offensive defenseman, particularly on the power play. Six of his eight goals were scored on the power play and he also had 25 assists with a +17 plus/minus in 39 games as the Bulldogs captured the national championship. In six games for Team USA, he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2.

Talent Analysis

Faulk, typical of many of the defensemen trained in the US development program, is an offensive defenseman who is very comfortable with the puck. He possesses a big shot from the point. Despite a stokcy build, he is agile on his skates. Faulk is physically strong and likes to play a physical game, though he can be a bit more disciplined in terms of taking penalties. A quick learner and very coachable, Faulk understands the game well but continues to strive to improve.


Faulk begins his college career this fall at the University of Minnesota-Duluth after two years in the US-NTDP program. He has made great strides in the past two years and should continue to improve during his college career. Long-range, Faulk projects to being a top-four defensemen based on his temperament, skating ability, and ambitious offensive play.

2010 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes grab rare triple-crown of prospects

by Cory Lavalette
Photo: Both taken in the 2010 draft, Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk quickly became top players in the Carolina organization. (Courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Both taken in the 2010 draft, Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk quickly became top players in the Carolina organization. (Courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)



The Carolina Hurricanes’ 2010 draft easily goes down as the team’s best since it moved to North Carolina. Six of the eight players selected have played an NHL game, and three are already key players with their respective teams. Read more»