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About Last Season: Max McCormick 2020-21 Performance Review and Grade

The forward logged just 12 games with the Carolina Hurricanes over the 2020-21 season, spending most of his time as a staple on the team’s taxi squad.

NHL: APR 26 Hurricanes at Stars Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Max McCormick 2020-21 Season By The Numbers

  • Age: 29
  • NHL Seasons: 5 (partial)
  • Scoring: 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points in 12 games
  • Advanced Numbers: 42.6 CF%, 34.21 SCF%, 35.57 xGF%, 100.0 GF%
  • Average TOI: 7:43 ES, 0:02 PP, 0:04 SH
  • Contract Status: Unrestricted Free Agent

It was certainly a strange season for Max McCormick.

McCormick re-signed with the Carolina Hurricanes on a one year, two-way deal at the start of the 2020-21 season and began the year on the team’s taxi squad.

The forward served as one of the team’s primary callups, but had to battle through injury, managing to put up two goals and three points in 12 games while averaging just 7:49 of ice time per game.

He managed to first find a spot on the Hurricanes’ starting roster pretty quick into the season after Carolina was without six players due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the locker room, and in his first game, he brought some good energy, playing 7:18 with one shot and four hits in an eventual 1-0 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

But in the next game, he accidently wiped out Petr Mrazek trying to backcheck to break up a 2-on-1 play. Mrazek wound up leaving that game and missed a few months with a broken thumb, and just a bit after that, McCormick subsequently got boarded by Blake Comeau and ended up missing the next few months as well with an upper-body injury of his own.

McCormick did wind up making his way back into the lineup in late April with Jordan Martinook and Brock McGinn both out with injures.

He did well for himself in that short sample, having good chemistry as part of the energy line with Morgan Geekie and Steven Lorentz.

He even put together a two-game goal streak for himself — his first time scoring since 2018 — in back-to-back games against the Dallas Stars.

McCormick battled hard down the final stretch and even came to blows with a fight against a Nashville Predators player in the final regular season game of the year, but that would be all there was for his 2020-21 season.

He wasn’t expected to do much, but McCormick had a memorable few games for the Hurricanes and was a part, albeit small, of helping them along the way to becoming the regular season Central Division champions.


How would you grade Max McCormick’s 2020-21 season?

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  • 5%
    A - Outstanding Performance
    (7 votes)
  • 31%
    B - Above Average Performance
    (43 votes)
  • 54%
    C - Average Performance
    (75 votes)
  • 7%
    D - Below Average Performance
    (10 votes)
  • 2%
    F - Significantly Below Average Performance
    (3 votes)
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