3. Ryan Dzingel
Ryan Dzingel kicks off my list of Carolina Hurricanes that could rebound in a big way in 2021.
For starters, Dzingel has an insane offensive upside that didn’t necessarily make itself known in the way I expected during the 2019-20 season. To be fair to Dzingel, Rod Brind’amour’s system of hockey essentially requires a player to be effective at both ends of the ice in order for the player to receive any meaningful levels of ice-time.
This lack of trust from Rod was most evident in the 2020 NHL play-in round versus the New York Rangers; Dzingel was benched in favor of up-and-coming phenom Morgan Geekie, despite Dzingel’s reported phenomenal camp performance and almost daily flashes of brilliance.
That being said, if Dzingel can earn a bit more of Rod’s trust and Rod decides to deploy him on a scoring line with players like Martin Necas, Vincent Trocheck, or any combination of the coveted TSA Line, we could finally see Dzingel’s offensive prowess unleashed.
If this does indeed happen, Dzingel will be more than just impactful this season; I believe he has the ability to be one of the team’s leading scorers. This kind of rebound would be amazing to see and would be surely pivotal in allowing the Carolina Hurricanes to secure one of the top 4 spots in the Central Division.
Having yet another goal-scorer is never a bad thing, especially in a 56-game regular season. We’ll see what happens, but I wholeheartedly believe Dzingel has it in him to rebound in a big way and impress us once again with his lethal sniping talent.