The Carolina Hurricanes are celebrating their 25th anniversary season with a strong start to the season, finding themselves back in the first place of the Metro Division.
A strong December helped catapult the team to the top of the division with help from expected and unexpected contributors.
Injuries are never an excuse, but Rod Brind’Amour and company came together as a unit when the injury bug hit the team.
With the new year getting well underway, the All-Star game slowly approaches in South Florida. The best of the best showcases their skills on the weekend of February 4th.
Canes fans can also begin the countdown till the Stadium Series game on February 18th.
The great debate amongst fans and analysts is the selections for the All-Star game roster. The biggest snubs or most undeserving contestants.
Let me preface this by stating that the All-Star game is fun and nothing too serious to concern ourselves. Everyone hopes for a good show and no injuries. In the case of Hurricanes, I have a puzzling question that may cause a Civil War.
Why was Andrei Svechnikov awarded a spot before Martin Necas?
I am very pleased for either and more Canes to be selected to the All-Star roster, but this has truly been a breakout season for Necas, and he has outperformed Svechnikov in my opinion.
Don’t get me wrong, both players are essential to the Hurricane’s season ending in success. Also, this will be the first of many times in their young careers that they are nominated for the honor.
Necas has just done a little more for Carolina this year. Svechnikov is a scoring force and on his way to a 40-goal campaign, but Necas is not far behind on goal production.
Necas’s speed and creativity have made the players around him excel, including Svechnikov.
Sitting at 38 points after 40 games, Necas is games away from breaking his career point production. He has already scored the most goals in his career before the halfway point.
It seems to be the year for Necas and capping it with an All-Star nod would have been a dream come true for sure.
Necas still has a chance to join Svechnikov in the final fan vote, but this player deserves a guaranteed roster spot.
Although it may not be bad for Necas to stay under the radar for now. The playoffs could be a much better coming-out party for the world.
Congratulations to Svechnikov! And make sure to vote for Necas!