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Hurricanes season preview: Burns, Kotkaniemi anticipated to play massive roles

The 2022-23 NHL season begins Oct. 7. With coaching camps opening quickly, NHL.com is having a look on the three keys, the within scoop on roster questions, and the projected lineup for every of the 32 groups. Right now, the Carolina Hurricanes.

Coach: Rod Brind’Amour (fifth season)

Final season: 54-20-8, first in Metropolitan Division; misplaced to New York Rangers in Jap Convention Second Spherical

3 KEYS

1.Impression of Burns

Brent Burns was acquired in a commerce with the San Jose Sharks on July 13 and certain will play on the highest protection pair with Jacob Slavin. Burns had 54 factors (10 objectives, 44 assists) and was third within the NHL averaging 26:09 in ice time in 82 video games final season. He has additionally performed 679 consecutive video games.

The 37-year-old also needs to assist the ability play; he had 18 factors with the man-advantage final season and will fill the manufacturing left by Tony DeAngelowho led Carolina defensemen with 20 power-play factors however was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on July 7.

2. Repeat efficiency from the goalies?

frederik andersen and Antti Raanta have been an enormous motive for the Hurricanes success final season. Anderson was 35-14-3 in 52 video games, and was second within the NHL in goals-against common (2.17) and tied for third in save share (.922) amongst goalies to play no less than 25 video games. Raanta was 15-5-4 with a 2.45 GAA and .912 save share in 28 video games. They received the Jennings Trophy, as Carolina allowed the fewest objectives within the NHL (200).

However can they play at that very same degree once more? Andersen, 32, missed the playoffs with a torn MCL in his knee after accidents restricted him to 24 video games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2020-21, and Raanta had his lowest GAA since he was with the Arizona Coyotes in 2017-18 (2.24 ).

3. Kotkaniemi taking subsequent step

Jesperi Kotkaniemi signed an eight-year contract March 21 and the 22-year-old ahead will look to play extra of a big position this season after he had 29 factors (12 objectives, 17 assists) in 66 video games final season. He performed all through the lineup however might begin the season because the second-line heart after Vincent Trocheck signed with the New York Rangers in the course of the offseason.

Kotkaniemi has by no means had greater than 12 objectives or 34 factors in his 4 NHL seasons and had two assists in 14 playoff video games final season, however expectations will likely be excessive, particularly after the brand new contract.

ROSTER RUNDOWN

making the reduce

The Hurricanes ought to have a gap for a fourth-line ahead and some gamers probably will likely be within the combine. Lane Pedersen, 25, who was acquired within the Burns commerce, had two assists in 29 video games final season and has 5 factors (one aim, 4 assists) in 44 NHL video games might have the sting. But when the Hurricanes resolve to go youthful, they may flip to 22-year-old jack drury, who performed his first two NHL video games final season and scored a aim in every. On protection, Jake Gardiner is wholesome after not taking part in final season following hip and again surgical procedures, and might be play on the third pair or be the seventh defenseman.

Most intriguing addition

Paul Stastny signed a one-year contract on Aug. 23 and it will likely be attention-grabbing to see the place he suits within the lineup. The 36-year-old ahead had 45 factors (21 objectives, 24 assists) in 71 video games for the Winnipeg Jets final season and is a seven-time 20-goal scorer. He brings a veteran presence to the ahead group, with 800 factors (284 objectives, 516 assists) in 1,072 regular-season video games throughout 16 NHL seasons and has performed in 103 Stanley Cup Playoff video games. He might start the season on the third line however is able to taking part in a top-six position if wanted.

Greatest potential shock

Ondrej Kase has been restricted to 53 video games the previous two seasons due to accidents, but when he can keep wholesome, the ahead ought to get loads of alternatives to contribute. With-forward Max Pacioretty probably out for the primary half of the season after Achilles surgical procedure, Kase might step up. The 26-year-old, who signed a one-year contract July 13, had 27 factors (14 objectives, 13 assists) in 50 regular-season video games and three assists in seven playoff video games with the Toronto Maple Leafs final season.

prepared to interrupt by means of

With DeAngelo traded and Ian Cole (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Brendan Smith (New Jersey Devils) signing elsewhere as free brokers, Ethan Bear might be in line for extra ice time. The defenseman had 14 factors (5 objectives, 9 assists) in 58 video games final season however his common ice time of 16:05 was his fewest in 4 NHL seasons. He is by no means had greater than 5 objectives or 21 factors in a season, however he might prime these numbers with extra ice time this season.

fantasy sleeper

Kotkaniemi, C/LW (underdrafted on common in fantasy) — He was tied for a second on the Hurricanes in 5-on-5 objectives per 60 minutes final season (1.02; minimal 10 video games), and will see an even bigger position with the departure of Trocheck. Kotkaniemi is a fantasy breakout candidate with potential publicity to useful wing Andrey Svechnikov. –Pete Jensen

PROJECTED LINEUP

Andrei Svechnikov — sebastian ahoSeth Jarvis

Martin Necas — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Teuvo Teravainen

Paul Stastny — Jordan StaalJesper Quick

Jordan Martinook — Lane Pederson — Ondrej Kase

Jacob Slavin-Brent Burns

Brady SkheiBrett Pesce

Ethan Bear — Dylan Coghlan

frederik andersen

Antti Raanta

Injured: Max Pacioretty (torn Achilles)

Photographs: courtesy Mackenzie Friedman/Carolina Hurricanes

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