Add Some Missing Pieces
There is always room for improvement on the Carolina Hurricanes
Just like last postseason, the Boston Bruins ousted the Hurricanes rather easily. In the two series, it becomes extremely clear that Carolina is still a few pieces away from transitioning from a playoff team to a true Stanley Cup contender.
One of those pieces is another top-six forward. Throughout the Rangers play-in series, the top line led by Sebastian Aho was the difference. A part of 8 of 11 Hurricanes goals, Aho performed like a true star but the lack of a second scoring line was a bit concerning.
Without depth scoring, the Hurricanes struggled to find the same level of success versus the Bruins. With Aho kept relatively in check for most of the series and Svech injured, this issue was only elevated.
While it’ll be extremely difficult to add another TRUE top-six guy without moving out and around several pieces it is just one of many needs. In addition, they could use some more grit and another veteran or two.
Much less physical as a team overall this season compared to last, the team took a massive hit in hits department once Joel Edmundson was ruled “unfit to play.” In the playoffs, this type of player makes a name for himself and can greatly impact the outcome of a series.
Haydn Fleury and Jordan Martinook have both shown that they’re not afraid to lay the body but (with Svech and Eddy out) just those two isn’t enough to have continued success throughout the postseason. In their game-four collapse, someone whose isn’t afraid to take over a game physically could have helped reel the troops back in and helped prevent the series altering loss.
Once Jordan Staal got destroyed by McAvoy right in front of the Canes bench there was absolutely zero response. Even if the hit was clean, you’d still hope at least one person would have confronted him seeing that it removed their captain from the game and opened up the ice for Boston’s top guys.
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Another veteran guy or two would have also helped in this situation. Bring in someone who been through the grind a handful of times would go a long way in helping this young team take that next step. With Justin Williams‘ future up in the air and Staal more of a lead by example type of guy, it would be very beneficial to bring in someone who isn’t afraid to speak up in the locker room and on the bench.
Lastly, it seems like we say this every season but the Carolina Hurricanes need a true number, one goalie. Nothing against Petr and James, but they need a guy who can be relied on to take a heavy workload and bail the team out every now and then on an off night. With the current tandem, both guys have had moments of stellar play followed by massive mistakes that directly impact the outcome of the game.
Given the amount of quality of netminders available this summer you’d hope that they at least kick the tires on a few of them. Having three goalies on one-way deals something is going to have to give anyways so they minus well upgrade the position while they’re at it.
At the end of the day not all of these things will end up happening but the more that do the better position they’ll be in next year and beyond. A few changes are all but guaranteed to occur from now until whenever the 2020-21 season officially kicks off. For now, the only thing we can do is wait and see what happens.
Question for CC Readers: What changes would you like to see the Carolina Hurricanes make?