The Carolina Hurricanes have had an amazing start to the season, in no small part due to the player chemistry that was built across the summer, and the strength they gained through free agency. The team has gone undefeated to this point, with six straight wins this season. The catalyst to the team has been their top-of-the-league powerplay lineup, putting up one of the top powerplay percentages in the league.
Player of the Month
The key to this powerplay, as well as to the other portions of the game, can be seen in two-way player Sebastian Aho. Aho gets the title of player of the month after some stellar performances, which saw him put up one of the highest face-off percentages in the league, as well as eight points. Overall the player has done some amazing things for the team, as well as maintaining a positive plus-minus so far this season.
Although Aho is not currently the number one in points for his team, his contributions have been on point, with plenty of opportunities to make a larger continued impression with his team throughout the year. The player has made an amazing impression in the first portion of the season and based on his past season’s performances, he will likely continue on pace for a season over 90 points.
The first runner-up for the player of the month would have to be winger Andrei Svechnikov. The young gun currently leads his team in points, as well as having put up six goals so far this season, leading his team in this metric. The player has been fast, and able to open up a lot of scoring opportunities from the second line, adding a lot of depth to the team by being moved off of that first line, and catching the opponent out as he puts up first-line performances, off of the first-line.
Overall, the player seems to be having a season much like Aho, and could potentially put up a season with a lot of points, with him currently being on pace for a season of over 120 points, the highest he would have scored in his entire career. Regardless of if he reaches this feat or not, the player has looked outstanding and can be expected to keep performing at this high level of proficiency.
The second runner-up makes a strong case for himself, in Frederik Andersen. Overall the goalie has one of the best win records in the NHL this season, as he has yet to lose a game in which he started in the net. Andersen is third in the league in save percentage at the moment and is one of the few goalies to have posted a shutout this season. Fans were skeptical about Andersen going into the season, as he had a rough time between the pipes last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The player seems to have done a complete turn of performance, seemingly sliding back into the form he had when he was playing with the Anaheim Ducks or his early seasons with the Leafs.
With these early season performances, fans can expect a strong follow-through to continue the season. The Hurricanes look to be strong playoff contenders and will hope to make it back into Stanley Cup contention as they had for the past three seasons.
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