Top 5 Carolina Hurricanes Who Could Have a Breakout Season in 2019-20

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 24: Carolina Hurricanes Left Wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal in overtime with Carolina Hurricanes Defenceman Justin Faulk (27) and Carolina Hurricanes Center Jordan Staal (11) during a game between the Montreal Canadiens at the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 24: Carolina Hurricanes Left Wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal in overtime with Carolina Hurricanes Defenceman Justin Faulk (27) and Carolina Hurricanes Center Jordan Staal (11) during a game between the Montreal Canadiens at the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – MARCH 28: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates with the puck during an NHL game against the Washington Capitals on March 28, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – MARCH 28: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates with the puck during an NHL game against the Washington Capitals on March 28, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /

1. Andrei Svechnikov

Andrei Svechnikov, at the ripe old age of 19, is elite in every sense of the word. 20 goals and 17 assists in 82 games played in his rookie season, coupled with his 3 goals and 2 assists in his 9 playoff games played fully cements him as the best rookie the Hurricanes have signed since Sebastian Aho’s 49 point rookie season in 2016-17.

Andrei Svechnikov is a big, fast player who brings both physicality, scoring, and playmaking to the mix. But I don’t have to tell any of you that. What I’d rather focus on is Svechnikov’s spot in the Top-6 lineup this coming season.

Here are Svechnikov’s potential linemates in 5-on-5 hockey, in no particular order: Teuvo Teravainen, Sebastian Aho, Nino Niederreiter, Erik Haula, and Ryan Dzingel. A Top-6 comprising of these players has the potential to be very dangerous, regardless of combination. The good news for Svechnikov is that a majority of these players are just as fast and intelligent as he is.

This will translate directly into more production all around for the winger’s sophomore season, and I would be very surprised if Svechnikov turns in either less than 30 goals, or less than 65 points in total, depending on his linemate’s success.

These five players have every opportunity to have breakout seasons, but they aren’t the only ones who have the capability to do so. The Carolina Hurricanes are absolutely stacked this season, and will be for the foreseeable future.

I know all of you have seen the various betting odds floating around Twitter and other places on the internet as of late, but let them keep doubting. The Hurricanes are going to be good this season, and if even one or two of these players have a breakout season, the Hurricanes will yet again be a force to be reckoned with.

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Question for CC Readers: Who do YOU think is going to have a breakout season in 2019-20?