While Lindholm is a strong playmaker, and usually has a good number of assists by season’s end, Rask tends to be the opposite. With 15 points and 11 goals, Rask could really be the x-factor for the Canes with Aho out of the lineup.
Rask is a natural goal scorer that could be in store for his second career 20-goal campaign. However, he has not eclipsed (and might not this season either) his 21 goal mark that he posted in the 2015-16 season.
Numerous Canes fans have waited for the Rask breakout, since he could truly be a star scorer in this league. But, he’s found himself stay steady around 40-50 points. No opportunity has been better for Rask to make his mark than it is now.
Rask has not seen playoff hockey since entering the league during the 2014-15 campaign. A strong contribution from him would go a long way to helping Carolina’s playoff push. He’s one of the many young talents that the Canes need to rely upon now.