Justin Peters

Justin Peters


Blyth Ontario

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2nd round (38th overall), 2004


205 lbs.

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2002-03: Peters was drafted by the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in the second round of the 2002 OHL Priority Draft, 59th overall. As a rookie,  Peters was the backup to Andy Chiodo for the Majors. He appeared in 23 regular season games with a record of 6-10-1 a 3.08 GAA amd save  percentage of . In the playoffs, when Chiodo went down to injury, he started a pivotal game in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa 67’s. He faced 43 shots in earning the victory, which gave the Majors a 3-2 series lead. He also appeared with the Team Ontario Under-17 team at the 2003 Canada Games and had three wins and no losses, helping Ontario to a bronze medal.

2003-04: He had a superb season in his first season as a starter with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors as the team captured the Central division regular season title and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. Peters finished the regular season 30-16-6 in 53 appearances with a 2.65 GAA and .910 save percentage and his 30 wins were second in the league to Guelph’s Adam Dennis. with the second highest win total in the league at 30 (and 6 ties) in 53 appearances. In the Majors run to the conference finals, Peters was 10-8 with the second best GAA (2.00) and he was tied for the third best save percentage (.922). Peters had four playoff shutouts (one behind Mississauga’s David Shantz). Peters played in the CHL Top Prospect game in January as one of the four top goalies in the CHL, and in the week ending April 11th was named Player of the Week.By season end Peters had broken five of the modern-era goaltending records for the Majors including most minutes played, most wins, most points in a season and best career GAA and point total.

2004-05: Peters was a large part of the reason the Majors squeaked the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. In 58 games, he posted a 23-23-5 record with a 2.78 GAA and .911 save percentage. The Majors upset first-seed Mississauga in the first round, winning in five games with Peters posting a goals against average of 2.00 and save percentage of .951 in the series. In ten playoff games, he was 4-4 with a 2.86 GAA and .934 save percentage.

2005-06: While Peters status as a Hurricanes prospect may not have been the biggest factor in the deal, the Plymouth Whalers obtained him in a trade with the Majors on Dec. 9 (Plymouth is owned by Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos). Peters had a 10-6 record with 1 OT loss, 3.83 goals against average, and an .893 save percentage in 20 games with the Majors but did much better statistically after joining Plymouth.  In 35 regular season games with the Whalers, he was 19-5 with 1 overtime loss and a 2.75 GAA and .921 save percentage. In 13 playoff games with Plymouth, he was 6-7 with a 3.20 GAA and .901 save percentage.

2006-07: Peters played fairly well as a pro rookie. He spent most of the season with the AHL’s Albany River Rats, appearing in 34 games with 10 wins, 18 losses, a 3.26 GAA and an .886 save percentage along with one shutout. On Mar. 12, Craig Kowalski was called up to the Hurricanes in place of the injured Cam Ward and Peters was sent down to the ECHL Florida Everblades appearing in one game and allowing six goals in an OT loss.

Read this Nov 2006 HF Article on Peters

2007-08: Peters spent much of his second season with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL as current Flyer Mike Leighton got the bulk of the starts with Albany. Peters was an ECHL all-star with the Everblades, posting a record of 18-10-2 with a .922 save percentage and 2.57 GAA in 33 games. At the AHL level, he was 7-3-0 with a .904 save percentage and 2.70 GAA in 11 games with the River Rats.

2008-09: With Leighton in Carolina as the Hurricanes’ backup goalie, Peters took over the starting chores for a River Rats team that struggled much of the year. While his won-loss record of record of 19-30 with 4 OT losses was unimpressive, his 2.89 GAA and .908 save percentage were respectable considering the inconsistency of the River Rats’ play.

2009-10: Was outstanding in the regular season for Albany, winning 26 of the 47 games he played while posting a 2.54 GAA and .917 and was impressive enough in a mid-season call-up with Carolina that the Hurricanes chose to release Leighton and did not re-sign veteran Manny Legace at the end of the season. In nine games with the Hurricanes, Peters was 6-3 with a 2.83 GAA and .905 save percentage. In the River Rats’ eight playoff games, he was 4-4 with a 3.42 GAA and .896 save percentage. Signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes in July.

2010-11: Peters struggled to adapt to the limited role of a full-time backup behind Hurricanes’ starter Cam Ward. Playing in just 12 games during the year, Peters was 3-5 with one overtime loss and had an uncharacteristic 3.98 GAA with a .875 save percentage (both stats were the worst of his career).

Talent Analysis

Peters is a big butterfly goalie who possesses excellent agility and instincts in the net. He's a good skater and is strong playing the puck on shoot-ins. A real competitor, he plays consistently well and always gives his team a chance to win, occasionally even stealing games outright. His positioning is very strong and so he plays even bigger than his already decent size. After four seasons in pro hockey, he is an experienced, well-developed goalie who understands how to play to his strengths.


Peters enters Hurricanes camp as the number two goalie behind starter Cam Ward. He proved capable of serving as a temporary fill-in last season and with his experience and size could be an interesting target for a team seeking a number one goalie. With Ward's injury struggles in the past, however, it is not likely that the Hurricanes would part with Peters.

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