Victor Rask, 2nd round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, just finished his first season in professional hockey. He tallied 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) in 76 games for the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League.
The young Swedish forward was projected to be a top-six forward in the NHL one say. He may be able to do that, but it looks more likely now that he will be more of a middle of the lineup player.
Riley Nash, Carolina Hurricanes centerman, had similar numbers in his first year as a pro. In 2010-2011, Nash put up 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists in his first full year with the Charlotte Checkers.
The biggest problem for Victor Rask in his first season of pro hockey was his inconsistency. He started the season and ended the season at a point per game pace, but he really struggled in the 50 games in the middle of the season.
Victor Rask has the potential to turn into a middle of the lineup forward sooner rather than later. The 21-year-old is coming up on a very important season in 2014-2015.
If Victor Rask can get off to a good start with Charlotte in the AHL, he will likely be given a shot at the NHL for the first time in his very young career. If he has a good enough training camp, he may even be able to start the season with the Carolina Hurricanes.
After a respectable first full season with the Charlotte Checkers in 2013-2014, Victor Rask will look to become a star at the AHL level, or even a good NHL player as soon as next season.