Elias Lindholm – Hope for a ‘Swede’ Canes future

Elias Lindholm – Hope for a ‘Swede’ Canes future

The rollercoaster ride as a Canes fan has been characterized by some incredible playoff highs that have each time been followed by struggles, bottoming out and then doing it again. During the down times, it takes two things to stay positive as a Hurricanes fan. The first is remembering the good times in the past (and the Canes have some great ones). The second is projecting to the future and optimistically (and hopefully legitimately) hoping for a return to glory. The optimism for the future is gained from having good young players. As the #4 draft pick in the 2014 NHL draft, Elias Lindholm is one of the current reasons for optimism. Labeled as a good all-around forward with hockey smarts and compared to Swedish countryman Peter Forsberg, how could fans not like the potential of Elias Lindholm on his way into the organization? He was quickly promoted as a future star and more or less handed a roster spot for the 2014-15 team before he even stepped foot in Raleigh. But his start proved to be a struggle when he was injured in the July rookie camp and then again in the NHL training camp. In his up and down rookie season of 2014-15, Lindholm finished with a modest nine goals and 12 assists in 58 games. Along the way, he showed plenty of flashes of the talent for which he was drafted, but as is typical for young rookies, consistency was elusive. The 2014-15 season was a big step up for Elias Lindholm. He stayed healthy, playing 81 of 82 games. He looked more comfortable and ready...