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Carolina Hurricanes Season Review

Post by Aahlstroem » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:50 pm

16/17

The Carolina Hurricanes had a successful season, where they did better than anyone could have expected. After starting a bit inconsistent the team eventually took hold of the first position of the Metropolitan Division. This wouldn't last the whole way and the team ended up sixth in the Eastern Conference. The adventure in the playoffs seemed to end quick as the team went down 0-2 against the Flyers. However the Hurricanes would turn it around and win the series 4-2. The playoff success would continue in the second round, beating the Rangers 4-2. In the conference final the Hurricanes stood against the Lightning. After going 1-1 in Tampa, the team didn't have the skill or stamina to win another game, and ended the season with three consecutive one goal-losses. Still this was much more then what was expected from the young team.

Regarding player moves the Hurricanes only made a few. Adding goalie Anders Nilsson early stabilized the defense and he kept on playing well during the playoff run. Legendary mullet Jaromír Jágr added experience and inspired all the little kids to grow their hair. Later in the season goalie Reto Berra joined as the new backup and Nick Bjugstad gave more depth at C, both were acquired through a trade with the Panthers. Bjugstad stepped up his game and produced well during the playoffs. D-man Alexey Marchenko was added from the Red Wings for a pick, providing depth. In only 23 regular season games the defensive D scored 12 points. Also joining during the season, signed from Europe, were G Ryan Zapolski, D Oscar Fantenberg and C Filip Sandberg.

Jeff Skinner scored most goals (38), assists (47) and points (85) during the regular season. Victor Rask (75) and Teuvo Teräväinen (72) also passed 70 points while Sebastian Aho (63), Elias Lindholm (61) and Jordan Staal (61) all passed 60 points.

Justin Faulk was the most productive D-man with 34 points. Faulk also had the most ice time playing 21:24 per game. He was followed by Noah Hanifin with 30 points and 20:00 minutes per game.

Sebastian Aho was the team's highest scoring rookie with his 61 points. Martin Frk came in second (28) and Brock McGinn came in third (26).

During the playoffs Jeff Skinner once again was the team's highest scorer with 12 goals and 19 points. Sebastian Aho had the most assists (13).

Looking forward the team does not intend to make too many changes but rather to keep building on the young core. These players have not yet been signed for the upcoming season:

RFA:
Oscar Fantenberg D
Jake Chelios D (not yet qualified)
Patrick Brown F

UFA:
Reto Berra G
Michael Leighton G
Ron Hainsey D (retiring)
Matt Tennyson D
Bryan Bickell F
Jaromír Jágr F
Jay McClement F
Andrew Miller F
Derek Ryan F

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Carolina Hurricanes Season Review

Post by Aahlstroem » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:46 pm

2017 Draft Review

28th overall: Chytil, Filip. C/LW.
A highly skilled Czech centre who the management were happy to get the opportunity to draft this late in the first round. A really young player who will be given time to develop into a quality NHL player.

48th overall: Bemström, Emil. C/RW.
This Swedish centre is a player who likes to have the puck at his stick and then put it in the back of the net. Scored 15 points in only 23 games when playing against men in the SHL.

51st overall: Altybarmakyan, Andrei. LW/RW.
A small Russian winger who does a little bit of everything. Has good speed and doesn't shy away from both taking and giving hits. Has the potential to become a reliable two-way winger.

130th overall: Calvaruso, Alec. G.
An American goalie who posted good numbers with the Lone Star Brahmas. In 26 games he had 2.19 GAA and .920 SVS%. He will now play for the Colorado College Tigers in the NCHC.

171st overall: Svensson, Jacob. C/RW.
A physical centre from Sweden who spent most of his time playing the SuperElit. But he also got to make his debut with Rögle in the SHL, scoring 1+1 in four games.

201st overall: Kuzmaul, Konstantin. G.
With their last pick of the draft the Canes went for the Russian goalie Kuzmaul. Kuzmaul is a goalie who has great determination and he positions himself well in the net.

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