How Would the Carolina Hurricanes Use a Franchise Tag

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Dougie Hamilton #19 celebrates the game winning goal with Martin Necas #88 and Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on November 14, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Carolina won 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Hrycych/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Dougie Hamilton #19 celebrates the game winning goal with Martin Necas #88 and Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on November 14, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Carolina won 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Hrycych/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 29: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes is named 1st star after scoring 2 goals against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game on October 29, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 29: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes is named 1st star after scoring 2 goals against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game on October 29, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /

3. Andrei Svechnikov

At 19, Svechnikov leads the way for a bright bright Canes future. Svechnikov has it all. The goals, the assists, the potential; he is the complete package. And did you guys know he’s only 19?!?

This is a kid (technically still a teenager) that is so good, he almost didn’t play in the 2018 Summerfest because he was already ready for the NHL. Svechnikov is 19 games in with 21 points, over half way to his rookie number of 37 with no signs of slowing down. We can Expect great things from this kid in Raleigh.

Also who doesn’t love this guy? Everyone loves him and he knows it!

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While yes there are areas to improve, mainly dumb penalties, those will clear up with time. And to say he isn’t a leader is awfully wrong. Svechnikov is always out there grinding, helping and standing up for others. If you were to say that Svechnikov was here to stay as a Cane until he retired, Raleigh would through a block party just for him.

Svechnikov will be coming up as an RFA in 2 years, at 21 with the talent he has he will be a hot target. The Canes should be able to get him back in for a long term deal, but that would be the perfect time if this franchise tag was a thing, to use it.

Svechnikov is our boy, and will be for a long time.

Question for CC readers: who else would you consider in this franchise tag debate?

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