Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers up a small collection of basic Carolina Hurricanes statistics.
Sebastian Aho rising
After a slow start that saw Sebastian Aho net only six points in 12 games in October, Aho is suddenly on pace for the same point per game that he had in 2018-19. Further, his recent pace is much higher with 10 goals and 6 assists in 15 games in November and a massive 7 goals and 4 assists in 7 games in December. He is suddenly on pace for 48 goals which eclipse Eric Staal’s Hurricanes record of 45 goals in 2005-06. Interestingly, Staal did that in his third professional season. This is similarly Aho’s third professional season.
Teuvo Teravainen chasing Carolina Hurricanes’ assist record
With 27 assists in 34 games, Teuvo Teravainen is on pace for 65 assists. Since the team became the Hurricanes in 1997, the single season best for assists is none other than Rod Brind’Amour who had 56 in 2006-07. Teravainen has a really good chance to set a new mark if he can stay healthy.
Dougie Hamilton having a season for the ages
On pace for 29 goals and 82 points, Dougie Hamilton is having a season for the ages so far. Even a reasonable slowdown could see him set franchise marks for both for a defenseman. At plus 20 through 34 games, Hamilton is on pace to challenge Brett Pesce’s franchise best plus 35 in 2018-19.
Andrei Svechnikov aiming for best season still on an entry-level contract
Through 34 games, Svechnikov’s scoring pace is roughly a point per game. Eric Staal reached 100 points in 2005-06 in his third professional season (second in the NHL after the 2004-05 was canceled because of the lockout). Aho had 83 points in his third professional season. If Svechnikov can continue at his current pace, he would be in the neighborhood of Aho’s point per game pace. If he could find a slightly higher gear, the rarefied air of 100 points suddenly comes into range. Worth noting is that Svechnikov is a year younger than Staal who did it three years after his draft year and two years younger than Aho who did it in his fourth year after being drafted.
What say you Canes fans?
1) Which Carolina Hurricanes scoring records are most likely to fall?
2) Of the four players highlighted above, which are most likely to maintain their current pace? Which are most likely to slow a bit?
3) What other scoring or other paces do you see for the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes?