People expected big things from Andrei Svechnikov during his second NHL season with the Carolina Hurricanes thanks to his big talent. On Tuesday, David Rittich and the Calgary Flames received a painful reminder that there are rarely safe moments when the 19-year-old has the puck on his stick.
Svechnikov provided an early entry for Goal of the Year with his first of the night, managing a lacrosse-style, top-shelf beauty. You can watch that goal in the video above, and are encouraged to watch it over and over, from a variety of angles, possibly with your jaw on the floor.
The second-year winger also scored the Hurricanes’ other goal on the power play as Carolina squeaked by the Flames 2-1 in regulation on Tuesday.
Svechnikov scored two goals in the Hurricanes’ last game, too, so he’s on a two-game, two-goal streak. He now has five goals and 12 points in 12 games so far in 2019-20.
If your appetite for lacrosse-style goals hasn’t been sated, enjoy this from Canucks prospect Nils Hoglander:
Maybe Svechnikov was inspired by Hoglander? Well, apparently he practices the move … so opponents should probably keep an eye on future attempts.