If the Carolina Hurricanes plan on contending in the Metropolitan Division this season, they aren’t off to a very good start. The team announced today that Victor Rask is out indefinitely following surgery on his right hand. The injury was sustained “while slicing food in his kitchen.”
Rask, 25, is a very important player for the Hurricanes this season after they traded away Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner while failing to bring in any additional center help. Selected in the second round seven years ago, Rask reached a career high in 2015-16 with 21 goals and 48 points but has taken steps backwards ever since. While the Hurricanes have other young players like Andrei Svechnikov and Martin Necas ready to make an impact up front, this is already a big hit to their offensive group.
There’s no clear timetable for Rask, but with camp starting and the regular season just a few weeks away there is cause for concern in Carolina. The new coaching and management group will have more than just this injury to deal with this season, but it’s an unfortunate way to start things off. The team has struggled to compete for the playoffs for several years, and with an unproven tandem in net and now more uncertainty up front we’ll have to wait and see just what head coach Rod Brind’Amour can pull off early in the year.