Justin Shugg (RW)
||Niagara Falls, ON
Finished the 2014-15 season ranked fifth on the Checkers’ all-time scoring list with 115 points … Also ranked sixth in goals (49), seventh in assists (66) and ninth in games played (212) … Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina on 7/12/15.
2014-15: Completed his fourth professional season and fourth with the Checkers while also appearing at the NHL level for the first time … Set new career highs with 22 goals and 43 points, both of which led the team … Tied his career high and ranked second on the team with 22 assists … His 28 penalty minutes and 171 shots on goal were also career highs … Led the Checkers in power-play points (15), tied for first in power-play goals (seven) and ranked second in power-play assists (eight) … Tied for second on the team with three game-winning goals … Tied for the team lead with two shootout goals (five attempts), both of which were game-winners … Scored in the Checkers’ first game of the season at MIL (10/10) … Missed eight games with an upper-body injury suffered in his third game of the season at CHI (10/12) … Scored a power-play goal in his first game back from injury at SA (11/14) … Scored for the second time in as many days at SA (11/15) … Extended his goal streak to three games with a power-play tally vs. NOR (11/18) … Posted his first multi-point game of the season (1g, 1a), extending his goal streak to a career-best four games (4g, 1a), at OKC (11/21) … Assisted on A.J. Jenks’ goal to tie the game in the third period and scored the only goal of the shootout to help the Checkers earn consecutive wins for the first time this season vs. MIL (11/30) … Opened the scoring just 25 seconds into the game vs. NOR (12/2) … Scored in the game’s first minute (59 seconds) for the second time in his last three outings vs. IA (12/8) … Earned his first-ever NHL recall to Carolina on 12/15 and made his NHL debut at MTL the following night … Returned to Charlotte on 12/20 after recording two penalty minutes in his first three NHL games with Carolina … Notched a career-high three points (1g, 2a), including a goal that opened the scoring for the second time in as many days and extended his goal streak to three games (3g, 2a), vs. TEX (1/4). Also posted a season-best, plus-3 rating in the game … Began the season with 12 goals in his first 23 games … Assisted on Chad LaRose’s eventual game winner in the final moments of the second period and scored an insurance goal in the third vs. TOR (1/16) … Had two assists and five shots on goal in the 3-2 win vs. OKC (1/23) … Extended his assist streak to a season-long three games (0g, 3a) with the helper on Zach Boychuk’s power-play goal at TOR (2/25) … Ended a season-long, 15-game goal drought and tied his career high with three points (2g, 1a), including the overtime winner, and had six shots on goal at HAM (2/28) … Scored to tie the game in regulation and added the shootout winner in a 2-1 victory vs. GR (3/12) … Scored the eventual game-winning goal on the power play vs. IA (3/21) … Became the second Checker to ever record game-winning goals in back-to-back games (Bobby Raymond in 2012-13) with a second-period goal at IA (3/22) … Fired a career-high 10 shots on goal, the most by a Checker this season, vs. OKC (4/2) … Had a goal and an assist for his eighth multi-point game of the season in his final game at GR (4/18).