Warren Foegele might be coming out onto the virtual ice sooner than most of his team thanks to the fact that he will be participating in the NHL Player Gaming Challenge, taking his virtual teammates up against other players in the league, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t itching to take the real ice up when the season returns.
One of the playoff heroes for the Carolina Hurricanes, Foegele struggled to keep up the pace this season. Now his 13 goals and 17 assists are nowhere near terrible for a fourth-line player in the NHL. In fact for the 68 games played, he has been more than visible. But Foegele is supposed to be more than a fourth-line player.
In fact, at his best, he can play top-six minutes and has earned time with stars like Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. When the season returns, he can get the chance to show Rod Brind’amour that he can go back to playing those lines and getting those minutes.
Foegele is a fast player and plays very physically. His presence is needed to round out the top six if he can find a way to redeem himself from his fourth line position and move up. The good news for him is that he is already most of the way there thanks to the excellent stats he has already put up.
If he can come out of the gate and make the most of his fourth line minutes when the season returns, don’t be surprised to see him getting minutes with Vincent Trocheck and Martin Necas.