Rebuilding the Carolina Hurricanes Roster in 2021

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TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 03: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes scores a hat-trick goal against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 3, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

Look at the Carolina Hurricanes Roster

Based on the acquisitions and current players in the Carolina Hurricanes roster, the lines have changed since last season. Through this article, we break down our predicted lines for the 2020-2021 NHL season and give you just a peek into what can be expected from each line.

Forward Lines

Andrei SvechnikovSebastian AhoTeuvo Teravainen

This first line is the definition of a money line in the Carolina Hurricanes roster. This line has a combined 190 points in the 2019-2020 season. They play offensive hockey with each player being able to take on the role of sniper, playmaker, or two-way forward in order to benefit their team. Each player on this line gets paid the big bucks because they have the ability to win their team games, with the line being responsible for setting up and scoring Svechnikov’s hat-trick that would mark the first playoff hat trick for the Hurricanes.

Nino NiedereiterVincent TrocheckMartin Necas

The second line doesn’t leave much to be desired, able to play offensively and score goals, while still being able to lay the body and defend when required. Niederreiter and Necas both move the puck around well, serving Trocheck’s style of play by giving him plenty of shooting opportunities. This line is the ideal spot to help Necas develop his game while still giving him the minutes on the ice that he deserves.

Ryan DzingelJordan StaalJesper Fast

This third line can be seen as a veteran line, featuring the captain of the team in Staal. This line isn’t likely to put out many goals, but will certainly serve as a grit line for the Hurricanes with Staal, Fast, and Dzingel all not being afraid to lay a hit and get into fights to protect their team. With Fast being in his first season with the Hurricanes, we can all expect him to be working to prove his abilities in the team.

Brock McGinnWarren FoegeleMorgan Geekie

The fourth line of this team could easily move up to be a third forward line if the opportunity presented itself. Geekie and Foegele both serve as high-quality point-scoring forwards, while McGinn is a gritty defensive forward, who appears to always defend his linemates. As Geekie develops further, we can expect to see him move up in the lines, while Foegele will likely be moved from the center position on this line to a new position as is needed due to injuries or players in rocky form.

Defensive Pairings

Jaccob Slavin & Dougie Hamilton

This defensive pairing was able to have the highest +/- rating last season, and when playing together looked extremely strong. Because of this, they are likely to stay as the first defensive pairing.

Brady Skjei & Haydn Fleury

The defensive pairing of Skjei and Fleury has shown that they deserve the second line spot after a strong showing during the 2019-2020 playoffs. The two players linked together to cover their team on defense, maintaining a +/- of plus six even though they had just started to get used to being a defensive pairing.

Joakim Ryan & Brett Pesce

Pesce has proven himself as a defenseman with the Hurricanes, but due to an injury causing him to not be able to play any of the playoff series, it is likely he will take a third line position for at least the start of the season. Ryan, on the other hand, just arrived at the Hurricanes but has had the rest of his career with other teams that have shown him to be a top-six defensive player. Due to his inexperience with the Hurricanes in question, he is likely to start on the third line and then move up depending on his performance.

Goalies

Petr Mrazek

Mrazek is likely to start in net this season, being an experienced goalie who has had the strongest showing in the past season. Mrazek will hope to have a better season, but definitely keeps his position of a starter in this organization.

Alex Nedeljkovic

Nedeljkovic has had some good showings in the AHL in the past season, with 4 shutouts in 29 games. With Reimer going up in age, the Hurricanes may look to give Nedeljkovic more time in the NHL. The team could possibly have him be Mrazek’s backup for at least the start of the season and seeing how his form plays out to see if he will remain in the NHL or spend another season in the AHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes will face the Dallas Stars on April 4th when a national television audience will get a look at the team’s roster. This will be a chance for the team to evaluate how they stack up against a team that would lose in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

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