Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a set of quick hitters on the Carolina Hurricanes forwards.
He of three goals is top of mind right now. Erik Haula arrived expected to be a capable two-way center who could push pace and attack with speed. But what has been eye-opening has been his ability to serve as a net front on the power play. In addition to his three goals, he was also the screen on Hamilton’s goal on Sunday night. The Hurricanes have long struggled to find a player who could excel in the role at the top of the crease on the power play. Here is hoping that such a player has been found in Haula.
Sunday’s game was arguably the least of his three to start the season. He had one of the two bad defensive zone turnovers that led pretty quickly to a goal against. But what I really like about Necas’ game thus far in 2019-20 as compared to 2018-19 is that he has been making things happen offensively especially with the puck on his stick. My biggest concern with his 2018-19 audition was not about his raw play defensively but rather about his invisibility on offense. But through three games, I have been impressed with his passing and playmaking and also his willingness to put the puck on the net.
He will be fine. He is gradually building a reputation as a slow starter at least in terms of goal scoring, but in watching his play past the score sheet through three games, I do not see much cause for concern. Once he breaks through, I think he will roll.
Teravainen has arguably been the team’s best player on the power play even over Haula. Teravainen has been that good distributing the puck from his normal spot on the side of the umbrella.
Not everyone can play on Aho’s line, but I really do not like Svechnikov with Staal. I think it gives away his upside offensively and fails to give him a chance for maximum production.
Niederreiter is the one player past Svechnikov who could arguably get the biggest boost by playing with and clicking with Aho. Niederreiter just looks very pedestrian offensively on other lines but at least has the potential to be a higher-end finisher when playing with Aho.
What say you Canes fans?
1) What are your thoughts on the quick hitters above?
2) Who else has quick hitters on these or other Canes forwards?