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Look for Justin Faulk to take on a bigger role for the Carolina Hurricanes next season.

Faulk just turned 22 and was a valued member of the American Olympic squad this past season, so he should be expected to provide leadership in 2014-15 for the Hurricanes. "I think I've been put into a position where I need to step up and be more of a leader, whether it's more vocal or coming to the rink ready to work hard every day and show it that way," Faulk said. He had the best offensive season of his young career with five goals and 32 points in 76 games and look for that to increase next season if he remains healthy.

Justin Faulk D CAR 5 Months

Justin Faulk recorded an assist in a 5-2 loss to Washington Thursday night.

Faulk has five goals and 24 assists in 74 games this season. His 29 points is a new career-high, but we think he can top it in 2014-15.

Justin Faulk D CAR 5 Months

Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist in Carolina's 4-1 victory on Thursday.

Faulk has five goals and 28 points in 71 games this season. He inked a six-year, $29 million extension in March.

Justin Faulk D CAR 5 Months

Carolina locked up blueliner Justin Faulk to a six-year contract extension worth $29 million on Monday.

The deal carries an average annual value of $4.833 million. Faulk has three goals and 24 points in 65 games with the Hurricanes during his third NHL season. He ranks second on the team in average ice time per game at 23:21 and with this deal in place he should continue to develop as a valuable two-way defenseman in Carolina.

Justin Faulk D CAR 5 Months

Justin Faulk returned to action on Friday March 21.

Justin Faulk D CAR 5 Months

Justin Faulk has an illness that kept him out of Tuesday's game.

That was a significant setback for Carolina given that they've counted on Faulk to log an average of 23:22 minutes per game this season. He also has three goals and 24 points in 63 games.

Justin Faulk D CAR 6 Months

Justin Faulk returned to action on Saturday March 15.

Justin Faulk D CAR 6 Months

Justin Faulk (upper body) might be back in the lineup on Thursday.

He has skated on Wednesday and Thursday, so he could be nearing his return from an upper-body injury. Faulk has missed four games with the ailment.

Justin Faulk D CAR 6 Months

Justin Faulk (upper body) is projected to miss about 10 days, according to Carolina GM Jim Rutherford.

He added that Faulk's injury is not a concussion. He was injured early into Sunday's game against Anaheim and didn't return.

Justin Faulk D CAR 6 Months

Justin Faulk suffered an upper body injury early in the first period on Sunday and did not return.

Faulk had just returned from playing in the Olympics for the United States and this injury could force the Hurricanes into giving up at the trade deadline as they were a bubble team heading into action on Sunday. Faulk has three goals and 23 points this season. Consider him day-to-day for now.