Today’s Daily Cup of Joe features a set of Carolina Hurricanes quick hitters.
Jaccob Slavin / Brett Pesce
As expected when I was clamoring for it, I like what I have seen thus far from a reunited Slavin/Pesce pairing. Slavin was not bad previously, but he had wandered a bit from his top level play.
I am fine if Brind’Amour runs a few short stretches with Aho at wing to try to stir things up in-game, but in general I think Aho has established himself as a center this season. Especially for a team that is still short a playmaking center, I think Aho stays in the middle.
As much as Staal is an imperfect top 6 center because of his limited offensive ability, the team is significantly better with Staal in the lineup than without. I think he could have been the difference in Friday’s overtime loss to the Capitals. When the Capitals went down four and just decided to open things up, the Hurricanes were unable to slow them. Put Jordan Staal out there to defend every third shift, and I think it changes the outcome of that game. He would be an upgrade defensively, but more significantly Staal’s ability to win pucks and drive play into the offensive zone would have seen Ovechkin spending more time 180 feet from scoring instead of parked in his office inside the face-off circle to post a hat trick.
Svechnikov had six goals and six assists in the first third of the season for a most 36-point pace. Success for him would be to increase that total in each of the next two thirds of the season. Thus far in the second third of the season Svechnikov already has three goals and two assists in five games. At least so far the goal of constant improvement is holding true.
What say you Canes fans?
1) Who else has quick comments or discussion points on the Canes that we have not covered yet?
2) What are you thoughts on the quick hitters above?