Recapping the Canes Preseason and Opening Night


The preseason wasn’t that great in terms of record, however, the Hurricanes did get to see some players that will be big difference-makers in the coming years. The two main guys who had strong camps were Jack Drury and Seth Jarvis. Drury came into camp after being in Sweden with the Växjö Lakers HC of the SHL. He put up 30 points in 41 games, 10 of those points being goals. Jarvis came into camp after being with the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL. He put up 27 points in 24 games, 15 of those points being goals.

Both Jarvis and Drury got some preseason action but did not put up much. Drury had a goal but was a -2. Jarvis had no points and was a -3. This preseason doesn’t show much out of both of them, but in a couple of years, they will be key players for the Canes. Jarvis had made the opening night roster but is not guaranteed to play any games. Drury has been assigned to the AHL affiliate of the Hurricanes, Chicago Wolves, where he will play until he gets called up to the NHL. 

Opening Night

The main question surrounding opening night is what the lines will be. My prediction of what they will be is:

Svechnikov – Aho – Teräväinen

Kotkaniemi – Trocheck – Necas

Niederreiter – Staal – Fast

Lorentz – Stephan – Martinook

Slavin – Deangelo 

Skjei – Pesce

Cole – Bear


Rod Brind’amour said that Jarvis is unlikely to play opening night, which would mean Lorentz would slot in at left wing on the fourth line. Freddie Andersen is confirmed the starter in net for opening night against the New York Islanders. The Canes never played the Islanders last season due to Covid-19 and them being in different divisions. The Islanders are a defensive mindset team and are very well-coached by Barry Trotz. This is each team’s first game to start the regular season. 

The Islanders haven’t named a starting goalie yet, but it will most likely be Illya Sorokin. Sorokin is a young goalie who played well last season and in the playoffs. The Islanders are also getting back a key player in their captain Anders Lee, who missed most of last season and all of the playoffs with ACL surgery.

The Islanders are a great team and have been in the running for a Cup the past three years now. The Canes need Andersen to play well in net, and they need the new guys to step up and show why they were brought to Carolina.

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