9. Andrei Svechnikov
Developed as a second choice in the 2018 NHL Draft, Andrei Switchenkov is fast becoming a star player for the young Carolina Hurricane Squad. In his fraudulent 2018-19 season, he was just one of four “jerks” to reach at least 20 goals in the season. Factoring in his 17 assistants, Swichenkov finished sixth on the team scoring. With such a solid first-year performance, he will be sixth in the voting for the Calder Trophy.
At playoff time, Switchenkov became the first NHL player to score a playoff goal in the 2000s. At only 19 times and 16 days early, he grew the ninth youngest player in NHL records to score two ends in a playoff match. Switchenkov also became the fourth teenager in NHL history to score two goals for the first time in his playoffs, when he twice defeated Braden Holtby 4-2 in the Cannes Cup.
In 68 games during his sophomore 2019-20 season. Svechenkov set new career heights in goals (24), assists (37), and points (61). On July 1, 2018, after signing a three-year entry-level contract, Carolina has found a staff player. Who is already destined to become the face of the franchise? Suffice it to say that Swichenko will eventually become the league’s top scorer with 30 goals, and could go even higher.