Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a series of quick hitters to provoke thought and spur discussion.
Is it possible that Andrei Svechnikov is on his way to becoming the team’s best offensive player surpassing even Sebastian Aho?
Both players are still young and rising, but Svechnikov is a bit earlier in his development and rising rapidly right now. Both players can finish, and Svechnikov has shown a much greater knack for playmaking in only his second season. One possible edge for Svechnikov in what could prove to be a fun race is the power forward element that he possesses that is outside of Aho’s skill set.
What happens with Alex Nedeljkovic with James Reimer playing so well?
Before the Hurricanes found a way to deal out of Scott Darling’s contract instead of buying him out, Alex Nedeljkovic figured to get a chance as a backup at the NHL level. But now with Reimer playing well in a 1B role, there is no clear path to NHL starts for Nedeljkovic. I could still see the Hurricanes trading Reimer next summer, but as long as he is playing well and winning, I do not see the team tempting goalie fate and trading him. As such, it seems to take an injury at the NHL level to get Nedeljkovic an audition. Does Nedeljkovic just keep honing his skills and waiting at the AHL level?
What is Dougie Hamilton’s ceiling for goal scoring?
With his goal on Saturday, Hamilton is now on target for 30 goals. That is a big number for a scoring forward and almost unfathomable for a defenseman. Logic would suggest that he will slow down at some point, but now 33 games into the 2019-20 season, Hamilton is still scoring at a scorching pace. What is his ceiling?
What say you Canes fans?
What are your thoughts on these three topics?