32 in 32: Carolina Hurricanes analysis for poolers


NHL.com offers in-depth analysis of each of the 32 teams during the months of September and October. On the pool side, we offer you a player to target during the next campaign, a player to avoid, and a player to watch, who could become a hidden card if the stars align. Today, the Carolina Hurricanes.

Poolers looking for solid bets in almost any position could turn to the Carolina Hurricanes in recent seasons. If this is still the case in attack, the portrait has changed slightly at the blue line and in front of the net.

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Members of the main trio of the Hurricanes, consisting of Sebastian aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov, must be high on the list of poolers, regardless of the format of their league. Teravainen was slowed down by injury last season, which explains his poor 15-point performance, but in just 21 games. Svechnikov has had a roller-coaster season, but with a new eight-year deal, he will be given a leading role again this season and pose a real threat to reaching the 40-goal plateau.

It remains to be seen, however, how this attack will work without effective relaunches from Dougie Hamilton. The team’s leading scorer last season with 42 points in 55 games, Hamilton was the power play’s first wave quarterback, where he tallied 18 points. However, he took advantage of his autonomy to come to an agreement with the New Jersey Devils, and one of the best prospects at the blue line of the team, Jake bean, was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jaccob slavin and Brett Pesce are sorely underestimated by the majority of poolers, but their attacking cap remains far from that of Hamilton. We’ll have to see how the Hurricanes acquisitions during the offseason – Ethan bear, Tony DeAngelo and Ian cole – will manage to compensate for the loss of Hamilton.

Alex Nedeljkovic has been targeted by several poolers since taking over as Carolina’s number one goalie last season, when they believed they were getting their hands on the future goalie for a rising team. They were probably surprised – and very disappointed – when Nedeljkovic was traded to the Detroit Red Wings this summer.

It will be at Frederik Andersen and to Antti Raanta, two goalkeepers who have presented interesting statistics for several seasons, but whose last campaign was marked with several question marks, especially in terms of consistency and state of health, to defend the Hurricanes cage. Poolers generally dislike situations where two guards are sharing the work, let alone when these guards have the annoying habit of visiting the infirmary on a regular basis. If one of the two comes off and gets the majority of starts, they should be able to put up some great numbers, both in the wins column and in peripheral stats due to the quality of training in Carolina.

To target : Martin Necas – TO

The three big guns of the Hurricanes – Aho, Teravainen and Svechnikov – will be selected very quickly in the vast majority of leagues this season, but Necas will please the poolers who will opt for him a few rounds later. In the last 36 games of the most recent season, Necas has been second to the Hurricanes in goals (12), points (30) and differential (plus-19), although only six of those points were amassed on the power play. If he were to be promoted in the first wave of the power play, due to injury or the setbacks of one of the team’s big names, the 22-year-old forward could be close to a collecting one point per game.

Video: NSH @ CAR, # 5: Necas levels the mark in AN

To avoid : Jesperi Kotkaniemi – TO

The Hurricanes seem confident that the third overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft will reach his full potential in the coming seasons, but in the short term, the Finn’s situation does not look any better than it was with the Canadiens. from Montreal last year. General manager Don Waddell has hinted that his new acquisition will start the season on the left wing, a position he hasn’t held very often since the start of his NHL career. And since the combinations of the first two lines had some success last season, it would not be surprising to see Kotkaniemi start the campaign on the third unit in the company of Jordan staal. Same thing on the power play, as Kotkaniemi was used on the second wave in Montreal, and a similar fate seems to await him in Carolina. The Hurricanes are banking on Kotkaniemi’s long-term potential and will put him in a position where he won’t have the pressure of having to produce immediately… which won’t please the poolers this season. A season of forty points may be the ceiling of « KK » this year.

To watch / hidden card : Tony DeAngelo – D

The Hurricanes’ power play was very threatening last season, finishing second in the NHL with a 25.6 percent return. The first wave was led by Hamilton, who averaged 3:03 per game, by far the highest usage time among defensemen on the team. As Hamilton is now playing for the Devils and Jake gardiner will miss the entire season with back and hip surgery, the door is wide open for DeAngelo. The latter proved he can act as a quarterback on the power play in 2018-19 when he collected 19 of his 53 points in 68 power play games with the New York Rangers. If he did learn from his past mistakes, which prompted the Rangers to buy out the final year of his contract, DeAngelo could represent one of the best options in the entire NHL at the blue line for poolers.

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