Andrei Svechnikov, the Carolina Hurricanes’ up-and-coming superstar, was having a year to remember, setting new career highs in virtually every stat during his sophomore season.
The young phenom was also helping lead the way in the playoffs before going down with a leg injury late in Game 3 of the Round 1 series against the Boston Bruins.
He joined Jaccob Slavin to speak with the media on Zoom Friday morning.
On where he felt more effective; playing on the top line or the second line: It’s just so hard to say. Most of the games [on the top line], we are playing really good. We have some chemistry. We know what we’re doing and we can pass the puck around, but if you watch the first game [against Boston], we didn’t play great. So [Rod Brind’Amour] split us. I can’t really tell though. When we played together [on the second line], I think we got some chemistry and we could score and create lots of chances too.
On his health and if he felt he would have been able to return in the postseason: I think I would say so. I would have played. I feel almost 100%.
On his feelings in the moment of the injury: It was pretty scary. When I saw that moment on the video, I was like, ‘No way,’ but I did the MRI there and everything feels fine. I think I got very lucky there.
On social issues going on currently: I don’t have a lot to say here. I think [Jaccob Slavin] said everything right. I think the NHL did a great job with it.
On a potential contract extension: I’m open to extension. I think my agent is going to do that job. I tell him, ‘I don’t want to know anything until it’s done.’ So he’s going to tell me when it’s going to be done. I just don’t want to worry about it. I want to focus on this summer. Getting better to be the best in the next season.
On the Svech/lacrosse/Michigan goal being added to NHL 21: It was super exciting when I saw that. I actually went and bought a Playstation the other day so I’m looking forward to playing NHL 21 and making that move on there.
On if he has any other tricks in the bag for next year: If you saw in the playoffs, I tried to do another lacrosse goal. It’s so hard to do that right now. The D and goalies know. I think I’ve got a couple more tricks, but it’s going to be really hard to pull them off. I’m going to keep trying to work on them and we’ll see. Maybe one day I’ll pull off another one of those tricks.