Preview: Let’s expect big things! Hurricanes are heading for the top

Preview: Let’s expect big things! Hurricanes are heading for the top
Preview: Let’s expect big things! Hurricanes are heading for the top

Carolina is hungry for success. Last season it ended before the semi-finals, the goals for the following year are certainly higher. The management was not idle in the summer, with new faces in the squad should come not only quality, but also experience. Czech fans can look forward not only to the performances of Martin Nečas, but also of Ondřej Kaše.

Last season ended in disappointment for Carolina. The Hurricanes played the regular season very well, only Florida was better in the Eastern Conference. They subsequently dealt with Boston in the round of 16 of the playoffs, but the New York Rangers were the last for them, to whom Carolina lost 2:6 on home ice in the decisive seventh game.

Reliability in the crease

The Hurricanes can rely on their men in masks. The number one is the experienced goalkeeper Frederik Andersen, who managed to drive the opponent’s attackers crazy more than once. Last season he intercepted with a success rate of 92.24%, conceded slightly over two goals per game and scored four clean sheets.

At the time of Andersen’s injury, however, Antti Raanta also showed himself in an excellent light, who caught only ten games less than Andersen and statistically was not much worse off.

Andersen and Raanta are in their thirties, so should Carolina be worried about the future? But where. Pyotr Kočetkov is still here. The 23-year-old Russian goalkeeper had to go to the goal area last year when two of the aforementioned goalkeepers were injured, and he didn’t do a bad job at all. He caught seven games in which he certainly did not lose, he looked confident and kept the team up with more than one very nice save.

A striking trio

Last year, the team was mainly driven by the trio of Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teräväinen and Andrej Svečnikov. All three collected over 70 Canadian points last season, Aho even had 92 of them.

Sebastian Aho is one of the best players in the competition, a fantastic all-rounder. Speed, technique, finishing, this Finn lacks nothing, perhaps only more emphasis.

Teuvo Teräväinen is a man with a perfect idea, his goal assists are certainly not accidental and in most cases he serves his teammates goals on a golden platter. And Andrej Svechnikov is a great finisher with a hard shot and very good accuracy.

Of course, the team is not only based on three players. Twenty-year-old Seth Jarvis settled into the squad perfectly, and even completed the end of the season alongside Aha and Teräväinen in the elite formation. We also have to mention Martin Nečas, whose last season didn’t go as expected, but he certainly has quality, there’s no doubt about that.

Let’s stay with Martin Nečas. His future was uncertain for a long time. The 23-year-old Czech striker’s contract was coming to an end, and for a long time it was not clear what would happen with him. The native of Žďár nad Sázavou made no secret of the fact that he would like to continue in Carolina, but at the same time added that he would not be afraid of a new challenge.

Nečas’s wish came true. Carolina signed him to a new two-year contract worth six million dollars. “Martin is a dynamic young playmaker. He has a great combination of speed and technique. We think he’s going to keep getting better,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell said after the signing.

The Czech striker now has to prove that he deserves a new contract. The motivation to show the club that he didn’t screw up by extending the contract will certainly be great.

Bet on experience

Carolina strengthened very interestingly. She bet above all on experience. Thirty-seven-year-old bearded man Brent Burns, thirty-six-year-old Paul Stastny and thirty-three-year-old Max Pacioretty joined the club. In addition to Pacioretty, Dylan Coghlan also signed from Vegas, and Ryan Dzingel returned to familiar surroundings after two years.

The Czech fan will watch the performances of the reinforcement named Ondřej Kaše the most. The big hard worker traded Canada for the USA, the Hurricanes took the 26-year-old forward from the free agent market. He signed a one-year contract with earnings of $1.5 million.

Let’s get to the departures. The significant weakening is undoubtedly the departure of Anthony DeAngelo, who is a controversial figure, but in one year in Carolina he did not perform poorly at all, with 61 points he was more productive than many forwards.

Fans were certainly not pleased with the news of the end of Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter. The first-named went to New York to gather success, the Swiss forward will now play to listen to the captain, compatriot, but especially friend Josi in Nashville.

Alex Lyon, Brendan Smith, Ian Cole, Steve Lorentz and Max Domi also left the squad. After a not very successful year in the AHL, the Swede Jesper Sellgren is returning to Europe, after three years he will put on the Luley jersey again.

Prediction

Carolina has the highest goals. In the previous two years, they were among the best teams in the regular season, last year they were one game away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals, so there is definitely something to build on. The basic pillars of the team remained, and there was also an interesting addition to the staff. So the prediction is that the Hurricanes will speak very loudly in the fight for the Stanley Cup.

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