Future Watch: Andrei Svechnikov Rookie Hockey Cards, Hurricanes – Andrei Svechnikov was drafted second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He’s big, fast and he’s a hit down south.
The 6-2 Russian played in his homeland and landed in North America in 2015-16 playing for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL. There he had 29 goals and 29 assists in 48 games. That got him on the map.
In 2017-18 he played for the Barrie Colts in the OHL. Because of an injury he only appeared in 44 games and yet he had an incredible 40 goals and 32 assists. In eight playoff games, he had 11 points. He played in the Top Prospects Game that year too so most had him pegged to go either first or second overall.
The 2018-19 season started off a bit slow for the Russian prospect. He made the team out of training camp, but the goals didn’t come in bunches.
Here’s a look at his first NHL goal:
Last season he was a point-per-game at the World Junior Championship. The U20 tournament is still something Svechnikov could play in. It’s up to the Hurricanes if they’d let him play there. Most likely he will continue on with his first NHL season but if he played, he could gain an extra boost of confidence that would continue throughout the rest of the season. Either way, this player is a future star.
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