Was there really any doubt? No player on this team has stepped up their play to the level that Andrei Svechnikov has. His ability has been put on full display this year, and he has proven that he is every bit as good as draft expert’s predicted when he was taken second overall in 2018.
Still a teenager, Svechnikov has produced over a point a game this season. He has excelled in every aspect of the game and has proven to the coaching staff that he can be trusted to execute in every zone when the game matters most.
An important facet of Svechnikov’s success is how varied his production actually is. Often perceived as a goal scorer, Svech has put up eight assists in the season’s first 13 games. He has proven that he is a multidimensional talent, talent capable of carrying the team’s offensive weight; all while still maintaining his ruthless ability to put the puck in the back of the net.
Svech has led the charge, but these four players have all clearly stepped up this season. They have shown the hockey world that Carolina is one of the leagues very best.