5. Jordan Martinook
Even though Jordan Martinook was able to break a career high in goal scoring last season, a decrease in this category should be coming. Expect it not to be a far drop off as he should still be able to get somewhere between 10-12 goals. You should also expect him to break a career high in assists.
You should see even more of a leadership role on the Carolina Hurricanes for Martinook. You should also see him surpass a total of 200 hits and get into the top five of the NHL in that category.
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Analysis of 2019-20 Performance Compared to Prediction
Martinook was another player on the Hurricanes that missed several games due to injury. He underwent core muscle surgery in the beginning of the season and missed a total of 23 games.
I was correct regarding a decrease in his scoring production, just not the amount of goals I expected. Martinook has scored two goals this season, but he does have one more assist. But we all knew the type of player Martinook is and scoring isn’t really required for him to have an impact on the team. His leadership and his energy are what is more valuable to this team than anything.
And that led to Martinook getting a letter this season. He was one of the Hurricanes alternate captains this season. Just like last season, you saw his infectious energy throughout the locker room. He is just one of those guys, although his play isn’t all that great, that is irreplaceable. He is just leadership personified.
Despite missing a portion of the season, Martinook still has himself fifth on the Hurricanes in hits. He obviously lost the chance to be top five in the NHL and hits and to get 200 because of the injury. But he still proved to be on of the Hurricanes best in terms of physicality. Martinook is just a gritty, hardworking player that is never afraid to go into dirty areas on the ice.
Question for CC Readers: In your opinion, which prediction of mine was the most accurate and which was the least accurate?