The 2022-23 NHL season begins October 7. With training camps opening soon, NHL.com is taking a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the predicted lineup for each of the 32 teams. Today’s Carolina Hurricanes.
Fitness Trainer: Rod Bringmore (season 5)
Last season: 54-20-8, first in the capital division; Lost to New York Rangers in the second round of the Eastern Conference
1. Burns effect
Brent Burns Acquired in a deal with San Jose Sharks on July 13 and is likely to play with the top defense pair Jacob Slavin. Burns scored 54 points (10 goals and 44 assists) and was third in the National Hockey League with an average of 26:09 ice time in 82 games last season. He also played 679 consecutive matches.
The 37-year-old should help play the powerhouse; He had 18 points with the man advantage last season and could fill in the remaining production Tony D’Angelowho led the Carolina defense with 20 strengths but was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on July 7.
2. Repeat the performance of the goalkeepers?
Frederic Andersen And the You are Ranta She was a big reason for the success of last season’s Hurricanes. 35-14-3 in 52 games, Anderson was second in the NHL in goals-to-average (2.17) and tied for third in save ratio (0.922) among goalkeepers to play at least 25 games. Raanta was 15-5-4 with a 2.45 GAA and .912 savings percentage in 28 games. They won the Jennings Cup, with Carolina allowing the fewest goals in the NHL (200).
But can they play at the same level again? Andersen, 32, missed the playoffs with an MCL tearing his knee after injuries that drove him to 24 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2020-21, and Ranta had the lowest GAA since he was with the Arizona Coyotes in 2017-18 (2.24).
3. Kotkaniemi take the next step
Jesperi Kotkaniemi Signing an eight-year contract on March 21, the 22-year-old forward will be looking to play a more important role this season having netted 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 66 games last season. He’s played throughout the squad but could start the season as a second line center after that Vincent Trochek He signed with the New York Rangers during the holiday season.
Kotkanemi has not scored more than 12 goals or 34 points in his four seasons in the National Hockey League and made two goals in 14 playoff games last season, but expectations will be high, especially after the new decade.
making the cut
Hurricanes should have a slot for a fourth-line striker and there will likely be a few players in the mix. Lynn Pederson, 25, earned in the Burns trade, had two assists in 29 games last season and has five points (one goal, four assists) in 44 NHL games. But if Hurricanes decide to get younger, they can turn 22 Jack Drury, who played his first two National Hockey League games last season and scored a goal in each. In defense, Jake Gardiner is in good health after not playing last season after hip and back surgeries, and could play in the third pair or be the seventh man.
The most interesting addition
Paul Stastney He signed a one-year contract on August 23 and it will be interesting to see his place in the squad. The 36-year-old scored 45 points (21 goals, 24 assists) in 71 appearances for the Winnipeg Jets last season, and is a seven-time top scorer with 20 goals. He brings a veteran presence to the front line, with 800 points (284 goals, 516 assists) in 1,072 regular season games over 16 NHL seasons and has played in 103 Stanley Cup games. He can start the season on the third streak but is able to play the top six if needed.
The biggest possible surprise
Ondrej Casey 53 games have been scheduled in the past two seasons due to injuries, but if he can stay healthy, the striker should have plenty of chances to contribute. with forward Max Priority Kase will likely be out in the first half of the season after hock surgery, and he could move on. The 26-year-old, who signed a one-year contract on July 13, scored 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 50 regular season games and three assists in seven playoffs with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.
ready to hack
With DeAngelo trading and Ian Col (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Brendan Smith The New Jersey Devils sign elsewhere as free agents, Ethan Burr Could be in line for more ice time. The defender had 14 points (five goals and nine assists) in 58 games last season, but his icy average time of 16:05 was his lowest in four NHL seasons. He’s never scored more than five goals or 21 points in a season, but he could top those numbers with more icy time this season.
Kotkaniemi, C/LW (unpolished average in fiction) – He was tied for second place in the Hurricanes at 5 goals to 5 goals in 60 minutes last season (1.02; 10 games at least), and should see a bigger role with Troczek gone. Kotkaniemi is a fictional escape filter with the potential of being hit by a valuable wing Andrei Svichnikov. – Pete Jensen
Andrei Svichnikov – Sebastian Aho – Seth Jarvis
Martin Nicas – Gisbury Kotkanemi – Tiofu Terrafenen
Paul Stastney – Jordan Stahl – Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinock Lynn Pederson – Ondrej Casey
Jacob Slavin – Brent Burns
Brady Skji – Brett Pesci
Ethan Beer – Dylan Coughlan
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The injured: Max Pasuritti (Ripped Achilles)
picture: Courtesy Mackenzie Friedman/Carolina Hurricanes