Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen
Let’s kick things off with the Hurricanes’ top two scorers. Andrei Svechnikov exploded out of the gate this season, racking up a 9 game point streak and posting 11 multi-point games. Thirty games in and the 19-year-old is second on the team in goals and assists and sports the lead in total points.
Just how important is Svechnikov to his team’s success? In the 10 games which he has failed to record a point, the Hurricanes record is 2-7-1. Their record when he records at least one point? 16-4. What about the games where he’s recorded 2 or more points? 11-0. The Hurricanes have absolutely lived and died by Svechnikov’s performance.
Let’s take a look at the numbers (career year, current totals, projection):
That’s a pretty strong sophomore season. The caveat is that Svechnikov is currently sporting a 15.7% shooting percentage, a full 5% higher than his rookie season. While it’s possible he maintains something close to it, it’s likely that marks dips a bit over the remainder of the season.
Teuvo Teravainen has continued to be his reliable self, making incredible passes and playing in all situations. Teravainen has put together two separate 5 game point streaks and, in many ways, is the catalyst of the Hurricanes’ attack.
A cerebral playmaker with a high hockey I.Q., he has the tendency to look for a pass before shooting which limits his goal-scoring, however, his passing is arguably the best this team has seen since Ray Whitney was here.
Let’s take a look at our next two top scorers.