Today’s Daily Cup of Joe has a quick list of player by player questions heading into the 2019-20 season.
Can he get back up to speed after a serious leg injury? His season-ending injury was not the normal variety. One of his greatest strengths is his speed. So getting back up to speed will be critical to his effectiveness.
Can he find the higher gear out of the gate and maintain it through a full season? The version of Petr Mrazek that most fans like to remember is the one from January on when Mrazek found a higher gear and seemed to build from there. But he actually started slow and in prior years has also been up and down. The Hurricanes’ path to a playoff return will be much easier if Mrazek can be consistent from wire to wire.
Can he rebound with a change of scenery? Reimer had a tough 2018-19 season, but his history prior to that is as a solid goalie even on sub-par teams. If he can rebound, the Hurricanes get a boost having two capable goalies like the second half of the 2018-19 season.
A bit like Mrazek, can Dougie Hamilton put together a full season of solid play? Hamilton seemed to start okay but then struggle adjusting to his new team. Like Mrazek, Hamilton found a higher gear at about the midpoint of the season. From that point forward, he was tremendous offensively and solid defensively. With Calvin de Haan gone, the Hurricanes need Hamilton (and the other top 4 defensemen) to be solid.
In 2019-20, can Svechnikov become the scoring star he was projected to be when drafted? Svechnikov made step-wise progress in his rookie season but was not yet a true scoring star. His 2018-19 season maybe suggests that it will take a few years for him to reach his potential, but if instead 2018-19 built the foundation for a big step up in 2019-20, the Hurricanes become that much better.
Can Foegele be the difference-maker he was in the playoffs? Warren Foegele’s season was an interesting one. He burst onto the scene with a huge preseason and then quick regular start that lasted only a couple games. He found a higher gear in the last 10 games or so and then was at his best propelling his team to a rebound in the Capitals series. The burning question is if the playoffs were just a hot streak or if instead that was the beginning of him finding a higher gear.
What say you Canes fans?
1) What do you think about the questions above?
2) Who has more questions to be answered in the 2019-20 season?