Carolina Hurricanes: Four Players Who Have Stepped Up Their Game This Season

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 6: Erik Haula #56 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates Andrei Svechnikov #37 and Dougie Hamilton #19 during an NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 6, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 6: Erik Haula #56 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates Andrei Svechnikov #37 and Dougie Hamilton #19 during an NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 6, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 06: Carolina Hurricane fans and Carolina Hurricanes Left Wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) react after a game winning goal in overtime during a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on October 6, 2019.(Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 06: Carolina Hurricane fans and Carolina Hurricanes Left Wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) react after a game winning goal in overtime during a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on October 6, 2019.(Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Andrei Svechnikov

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.

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