The Carolina Hurricanes head into the 2019-20 season without their captain Justin Williams on the wing as he announced he will not start with the team to begin the season and will continue to evaluate his NHL future. As is the case, next man up will be the motto as the Hurricanes move on and focus on the season ahead without their leader.
2018-19 Totals: 78 GP, 26G, 30A, 56PTS
Career Totals: 268 GP, 66G, 72A, 138 PTS
After a strong 2018-19 campaign, Ryan Dzingel seemed destined to be overpaid in the free agent market. The forward was coming off a strong campaign of almost 60 points and the best of his career. Then, the Hurricanes swooped in and gave him a team-friendly in a low risk, high reward move.
Dzingel’s status to begin the season is currently in question after he suffered a lower body injury in a collision in last night’s game against the Nashville Predators. Until the extent of his injury is known, the assumption is that he will likely slot into the hole in the top-six left behind by Willams’ departure. He’s got great vision on ice and a great shot in tight. Dzingel chose Raleigh as a destination despite likely receiving offers elsewhere. He’s spoke highly of Rod Brind’Amour as a head coach and will likely be utilized often on the power play and when the Hurricanes are in a hole.
2018-19 Totals: 82 GP, 21G, 55A, 76PTS
Career Totals: 360 GP, 76G, 150A, 226PTS
Teravainen had a brilliant season last year and formed a reliable one-two punch on the Hurricanes top line when paired with Sebastian Aho. It’s likely the two will pair up with each other again and form a formidable first line that may warrant more attention from defenders than received last year.
Teravainen’s goal scoring touch came alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Finnish forward potting seven goals in 15 games. Expect Tervainen to make even more strides in goal-scoring and a repeat of last year’s performance looks to be in the cards for the 25-year-old forward.
2018-19 Totals: 82GP, 20G, 17A , 37PTS
The Russian rookie forward was weaned into the lineup by head coach Rod Brind’Amour as was expected. However, Svechnikov quickly impressed and was trusted with more and more minutes as the season rolled on. The young winger is poised for a breakout sophomore season that follows up a solid rookie campaign. Svechnikov has all of the tools to have a long and successful NHL career. His wrist shot is one of the best, if not the best, on the Hurricanes and that was apparent in his play last year. With an expanded role in his sophomore campaign, expect Svechnikov to almost double his point total.
2018-19 Totals: 82GP, 23G, 30A, 53PTS
Career Totals: 534GP, 126G, 135A, 261PTS
The steal of the century. Nino Niederreiter was acquired in a one-for-one deal for Victor Rask with the Minnesota Wild. While Rask underperformed and has unimpressed in training camp this year, Niederreiter was just the spark plug the Hurricanes needed for their playoff push. In 36 regular season games with the Hurricanes last season, Niederreiter pocketed 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) and helped provide a jolt to the Hurricanes offense. Back in the top-six with the Hurricanes this season, Niederreiter will likely be as reliable as he was in his first half season with the Hurricanes. He’ll likely provide a strong scoring touch to the Hurricanes second line.
2018-19 Totals: 15 GP, 2G, 5A, 7PTS
Career Totals: 357 GP, 73G, 78A, 151PTS
Don Waddell went out and took a gamble on the addition of Erik Haula, utilizing excess assets and salary cap space that the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t have. Haula played 15 games last season due to injury but the gamble could pay off for the Hurricanes middle-six. The speedy winger had 55 points in his last full season and could hit those point totals with the linemates he’s projected to play with. Expect Haula to get his initial looks as a center, but he can certainly also slot in at wing as needed to round out the roster. Haula can be utilized on a revamped power play that the Hurricanes could use.
2018-19 Totals: 82 GP, 15G, 10A, 25PTS
Career Totals: 329GP, 41G, 49A, 90PTS
The instant fan-favorite Martinook made a strong impression on his coach and fans in his first season with the Hurricanes. Martinook’s bottom-six presence was felt throughout the whole season, providing a physical, high-energy presence will having a little bit of offense to his game as well. Martinook had four assists in ten games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before being knocked out for the remainder with a serious lower-body injury. Healthy and ready to go for the 2019-20 campaign, Martinook will be a reliable bottom-six forward.
2018-19 Totals: 82GP, 10G, 16A, 26PTS
Career Totals: 240GP, 36G, 40A, 76PTS
McGinn became embedded in Hurricanes fans memories when he tipped in the game-winning-goal in 2OT against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His contract expired at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season and McGinn and the Hurricanes came to a two-year extension just before heading to arbitration. McGinn has been a staple of the Hurricanes bottom-six and is much like Martinook in terms of his reliability and filling the role the Hurricanes need him to. McGinn, however, is not cheap, factoring in the new contract. He may become a trade candidate if the Hurricanes need cap relief.
2018-19 Totals: 77GP, 10G, 5A, 15PTS
In his first full season in the NHL, Foegele was a streaky forward that started the season strong but then tapered off. Right when the Hurricanes needed him, Foegele sprang to life in the playoffs, having an impressive first round against the Washington Capitals. Foegele may not have the freedom to move up and down the lineup like he did last season, now with move forwards competing for playing time. He’ll likely play on a strong third line.
Scoring Projections (Assuming 82 GP)
- Teuvo Teravainen - 29G, 53A, 82 PTS
- Andrei Svechnikov - 34G, 36A, 70 PTS
- Ryan Dzingel - 29G, 32A, 61 PTS
- Nino Niederreiter - 32 G, 27A, 59PTS
- Erik Haula - 22G, 26A, 48PTS
- Jordan Martinook - 11G, 18A, 29PTS
- Warren Foegele - 13G, 14A, 27PTS
- Brock McGinn - 11 G, 13A, 24PTS