Andrei Svechnikov takes the NHL by storm


Sam Prestipino, Sports Writer

Andrei Svechnikov is a Russian right winger for the Carolina Hurricanes in the National Hockey League. The 21-year-old phenom has taken the league by storm since being drafted as second pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Here’s a look into how Svechnikov has adjusted to life as an NHL Superstar.

When Svechnikov was drafted, he was asked whether or not he was overwhelmed by the whole drafting process.”Yeah I mean sure. I’ve waited for this stuff for a while, but this is my work and I’m ready to get to work,” Svechnikov said, according to WRAL Sports Fan.

Svechnikov was also asked what it meant to play for an up and coming team like the Hurricanes. “I will be happy playing here. To begin my professional career here is very exciting,” he said, according to WRAL.

When asked what he thought he could bring to the program, Svechnikov said, “I know I can play a physical game. I particularly like playing on the powerplay. I wanna just win games, you know? I just want to score from everywhere. I want to play well on the penalty kill and the power play.”

It is safe to say that Svechnikov has scored from everywhere and has played well in his first four years with the Hurricanes. He got his career off to a hot start when he scored 20 goals and 17 assists in his rookie year. Svechnikov was third among rookies in goals scored and was seventh in the Calder Trophy vote (NHL Rookie of the Year).

In his following two years, Svechnikov would dazzle the NHL with his fantastic play. He would surpass his total points from his rookie year in each season since. This is even more impressive considering that an NHL season has 82 games, and Svechnikov played less than 70 in both of the following seasons.

Svechnikov would shock the world in the 2019-2020 season when he was the first NHL player to ever score a “Lacrosse Style” goal. Also known as “The Michigan”, this goal was a social media sensation because of the incredible skill that it took to lift the puck with his stick and toss it in the top corner of the net like a lacrosse shot. This was something that many would try to replicate, but few would succeed. Only one would do it for a second time, Svechnikov.

“I went behind the net, and felt like I should try that,” Svechnikov said in the postgame press conference with WRAL after his first lax style goal.

“I actually practiced that move this morning. It was a great shot for me,” he said, according to WRAL.

Svechnikov would not be satisfied with his early success. In year five, he has played out of his mind. Through just 47 games, Svechnikov has 48 points and 22 goals. This breaks his totals from two of his three previous seasons. Keep in mind, he still has 35 games to go. This means that he is on pace to smash his totals from the past three seasons.

The 21 year old has developed into a point per game player, which is something that the Hurricanes desperately needed. In his last six games, Svechnikov has tallied six points, including two multi-goal games.

Svechnikov has become one of the best players on this up-and-coming team and has made it his goal to bring a Stanley Cup Championship to Raleigh.