Carolina Hurricanes: The Rise of Lucas Wallmark in 2019

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RALEIGH, NC – MARCH 23: Lucas Wallmark #71 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates scoring a goal during an NHL game against the Minnesota Wild on March 23, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

Routinely one of the Canes’ most underrated players, let’s dig through the numbers and start really appreciating Lucas Wallmark.

Often times, role players take a backseat in terms of fanfare on sports teams. Lucas Wallmark is a fine example of that, unfortunately. He doesn’t have the star-power of Sebastian Aho. Doesn’t have the hype of a young stud like Andrei Svechnikov. Doesn’t have the flashy name like Jordan Staal. But what Lucas Wallmark does have, obviously, is real talent.

With the addition of Erik Haula via trade this season, Wallmark’s role was initially reduced to fourth-line duty. The unfortunate part about that was you could argue that he actually deserved an increased role after his fine showing in the 3C slot and filling in at 2C while Jordan Staal was injured in 2018-19.

In this article, we’ll go over Wallmark’s ascension in his rookie season last year, take a look at how he’s fared so far this season in his undefined role, and then take a peak into the distance as to what the future could hold for Lucas Wallmark. Without further ado, let’s get started.

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