There were plenty of offseason acquisitions for the Carolina Hurricanes to be excited about at the start of the year. General manager Don Waddell had himself a busy summer and worked tirelessly to add talent across the ice. The fruit of that effort is clearly evident in the production that has come from Erik Haula.
Haula has provided Caniacs with a reason for their excitement. His has put up a pretty remarkable seven goals in 13 games and has proven to be the kind of goal scorer that this team lacked at the beginning of last season. He is clearly dispelling the notion that his 2017 season in Las Vegas was a fluke.
The level of production that has transpired from this seven-year veteran is even more incredible when considered in the context of his career. Taken in the expansion draft and helping aid his team to the Stanley Cup championship, Haula’s career took a turn when a scary knee injury robbed him of his 2018 season.
There is little doubt that he has returned to his 30 goal form and has most likely worked his way into the Carolina Hurricanes long term plans. What he has done with the role he has been given almost defines the idea of truly “stepping your game up”.
If Haula can continue this rabid pace than the Hurricanes could end the season with a fringe 40 goal scorer.