The Carolina Hurricanes have more depth than ever, and more than a few players are poised to have a breakout season in 2019-20. Read on to find out who!
For the first time in what seems like decades, the Carolina Hurricanes have depth at just about every position. The logjam at defense has been an issue for awhile within the team, but the Hurricanes are experiencing an ever-so-slight potential logjam at both the forward positions, and in the crease.
Don’t get me wrong, having too many good players worthy of a spot on an NHL roster is never a bad thing. In fact, it could be a major factor in the Hurricanes’ success going into the 2019-20 season. Lack of roster spots breeds competition. Competition, in turn, breeds production at all levels.
With more than a few rookies and players from the Charlotte Checkers chomping at the bit to secure their spot in the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes lineup, we are going to see production like we haven’t seen from this team since 2006, even in the bottom-9 forwards.
Along with this added competition, quite a few players are poised and fully capable of having breakout seasons, especially with the new players Waddell and Co. have picked up as of late. Before we begin, I am going to set a brief expectation for what I mean when I say ‘breakout season’. To me, a breakout season is a vast improvement upon last season’s performance by an individual player, in regards to goals, assists, and points in total.
For example, Sebastian Aho going from 30 goals to 35 wouldn’t necessarily qualify as a ‘breakout season’ in these terms, but a player like Andrei Svechnikov going from 20 goals to, say, 35 would absolutely qualify in my book. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get started, shall we?