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2018 MIDTERMS: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston, Ontario Hockey League)

Today’s entry is #14 out of what will hopefully be a complete set of 17 prospects below the AHL level. You can find the full set of clickable links in the menu page HERE. After completing four of five stops in the Western Hockey League, our “Midterms” series heads east and makes the second of two stops in the Ontario Hockey League to check in on goalie Jeremy Helvig.   Jeremy Helvig Jeremy Helvig was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft after being bypassed in the 2015 draft. Helvig boasts NHL size at 6 feet 4 inches tall and 207 pounds and is also credited for above average athleticism and quickness for his size which is a great starting point for developing into an NHL netminder. With Alex Nedeljkovic and Callum Booth already slated to fill two of the three goalie slots for the AHL and ECHL (and veteran AHLer Jeremy Smith added to fill a third), Helvig has returned to Kingston in the OHL to play as an overager. Helvig is playing to earn a professional contract for the 2018-19 season.   Interview with Allan Etmanski, pre-game host for Kingston Frontenacs television About the interviewee Allan Etmanski (Twitter=@allanetmanksi) is a recent cancer survivor and former hockey player turned sports broadcaster/reporter who hails from Wellington, Ontario and currently resides in Kingston, Ontario. Currently, he can be heard calling games for the Kingston Voyageurs of the OJHL and the RMC Paladins of the OUA, while hosting a pre-game show for the Kingston Frontenacs television broadcasts and filling in for other roles when needed. Allan has called action... read more

‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm60 Vs. NJ: Canes seek rebound after two losses plus revenge on the Devils

The #CanesCoaster continues it tumultuous ride. After a pair of wins last weekend and a resounding 7-3 victory on Tuesday to rise to new highs, the team has since turned back down with two losses to Metropolitan Division foes and teams also in the playoff chase. What a difference a couple days can make this time of year. With a win over the Devils on Thursday night, the Hurricanes could leap-frogged them into fourth place in the Metropolitan and the first wild card slot. But with a loss and another that followed to the Islanders on Friday coupled with another Devils win on Saturday, the Hurricanes will enter Sunday’s rematch suddenly five points behind the Devils and on the wrong side of playoff cut line. But despite the two-game losing streak, with a win on Sunday the Hurricanes could emerge back in a playoff spot if the Blue Jackets lose on Sunday.   A couple interesting story lines 1) The lineup. Coach Bill Peters has already said that Haydn Fleury will step back into the lineup in place of Klas Dahlbeck which is fairly standard fare with the two swapping in and out fairly regularly. More interesting could be a second development. The Hurricanes returned Patrick Brown to the AHL and recalled Lucas Wallmark. On the one hand, it seems odd that the team would swap AHLers if Peters intends to just healthy scratch the player anyway. On the other hand, I would have guessed that the Hurricanes would have recalled Wallmark in time to practice with the team on Saturday if he was expected to play on Sunday.... read more

Gm59 Vs. NYI: Canes sputter to second consecutive loss versus Isles

On the surface, the Carolina Hurricanes deserved better in their 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday. The game was sloppy, but the Hurricanes were the better team and won the battle in terms of possession time and shot totals. And then even when they did seemingly score, the goal was wiped away by an offsides that happened earlier and had little to do with the goal But on the other hand, this game was eerily reminiscent of bad Canes teams from years past that chucked bushels of mostly harmless shots at the net but did not fare as well in terms of winning battles to score goals in close or simply in terms of raw finishing ability. The game was a strange with regard to what paths might have been expected for it. After some wild 10-goal affairs during the past two seasons, the Isles who entered the game ranked dead last in goals against tried to patch holes in the ship, play a more defensively-oriented style and slow the Canes offensively. In a strange way, it mostly worked. The Isles seemed to give the puck up at will at times, but were nearly perfect in terms of staying on the right side of the puck and keeping the Hurricanes from generating anything on the rush or unmarked in close. The first period was a sluggish and sloppy one with the Isles apparently focused first and foremost on staying out of trouble and the Hurricanes playing along by dialing down into a slow, methodical and more sideways than north-south approach to advancing the puck. The Hurricanes... read more

2018 MIDTERMS: Brendan De Jong (Portland, Western Hockey League)

For those who have not been tracking the “Midterms” series that is checking in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, you can find a clickable link to the most recent article on Jake Bean and also the previous 13 articles in this Menu. Up next is the fourth of five stops in the Western Hockey League for a check in on defenseman and 2017 draftee Brendan De Jong.   Brendan De Jong Defenseman Brendan De Jong from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League was the Carolina Hurricanes sixth round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. What jumps out first about De Jong is his size. He is still in the process of filling out his frame, but his starting point at 6 feet 5 inches tall, he already has NHL height. During the 2016-17 season, De Jong scored eight goals and had 23 points in 72 games. He is again playing for the Porland Winterhawks in the WHL for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Brandon Rivers from DUBNetwork About the Interviewee Brandon Rivers (Twitter=@hodgesheroes) covers US Division WHL teams for DUB Network and also contributes at Seattle Sin Bin from SBNation.   Interview on Brendan De Jong Canes and Coffee: What has been Brendan De Jong’s playing situation thus far for the 2017-18 season? Brandon Rivers: Brendan De Jong has been a relied upon d-man this year for Portland. He spent much of the year playing with 20-year-old and team captain Keoni Texeira and still plays with him on the penalty kill. He has played quite a bit recently with Dennis Cholowski, who was a first round... read more

‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm59 Vs. NYI: Canes seek bounce back in another Metro match up against the Islanders

After a solid three-game winning streak, the Hurricanes hit a bump in the road on Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils. A tough night for Scott Darling in net and a ‘meh’ at best game from the skaters led to a 5-2 loss. As I said in my recap for that game, the key this time of year is to bounce back quickly. The Hurricanes were not going to win out and a few clunkers are inevitable. But getting quickly back into the win column is important especially when the opponent is another playoff hopeful. And that is what is on the slate for Friday. Both the Hurricanes and Islanders played and traveled last night, so today’s game shapes up as what I call a fair back-to-back. The game will also decide playoff position at least for now, as the Hurricanes are currently up only a single point on the Islanders. Adding to the excitement is the recent history of the two teams playing some wild high-scoring games.   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the New York Islanders 1) Skating legs given the back-to-back As noted above, the back-to-back is at least a fair one given that both teams played and traveled last night. But it still adds an element of uncertainty. Last weekend, the Canes played well in the second half of a back-to-back and swept the set. A week earlier, the Hurricanes were lackluster, slow, sluggish and everything else bad in losing the second half of a back-to-back to the Red Wings. So especially early and late in Friday’s game, I will be... read more

The Carolina Hurricanes goalie situation: Round ??

For just a couple games, everything was okay with the Hurricanes netminding. Both Scott Darling and Cam Ward good enough in strong games by the skaters in front of them for two weekend wins. And the Hurricanes massive seven-goal outburst in Tuesday’s win almost made Cam Ward’s play irrelevant in terms of assessing the game. But lurking in the past was the monster that has been Hurricanes netminding both in recent history in prior years and also during the 2017-18 season. And that monster reared its ugly head in another tough outing for Scott Darling in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Devils. If you missed the game, you can suffer through the game and the goals against in my recap. The short version is that Scott Darling had another tough night giving up five goals on only 22 shots including three where I think you could make a case that he should have had them. The New Jersey Devils looked faster all night, but the Hurricanes did a decent job of limiting chances such that this game could easily have been a 2-2 game headed to overtime with a point in hand and another in play. With crunch time officially here, the Hurricanes sitting right at the playoff cut line and only 24 games remaining, the burning question is where to go from here in terms of goaltending.   The starting point My baseline for where we are right now goes like this: * Cam Ward has had a handful of horrid outings himself, but in total, he has been serviceable if not better. His .912 save percentage is respectable... read more

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February 20, 2018 at 12:49am
@danvincent78 @NHLCanes I like Brassard as short-term upgrade over Ryan to buy some time for Necas, but only if price is reasonable. His salary (not cap hit) is only $3.5M for 2018-19. He could be decent stopgap. Question is whether he is enough of upgrade to move the needle for team scoring-wise.
February 20, 2018 at 12:40am
@danvincent78 @NHLCanes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is not pure version, but before shifting into different role with arrival of McDavid and Draisatl, he was decent though not not tier 1 version of that.
February 20, 2018 at 12:35am
@danvincent78 @NHLCanes Thus far with Canes, Aho looks like more finisher than puck distributor, but I think that is more a function of line mates/situation than natural skill set. I think with finishers on his line, he reverts back to what he was with Laine & Puljujarvi.
February 20, 2018 at 12:34am
@danvincent78 @NHLCanes The playmaker thing is hard right now. I think the path might be to add a higher-end veteran finisher and then count on Aho or possibly Necas if he is ahead of schedule to center a scoring line.
February 20, 2018 at 12:26am
@danvincent78 @NHLCanes So if you downgrade him slightly for Canes current offensive play/personnel, he looks like 18 goals and 45 points? I don't think we need another of those. We either need a 30+ goal scorer or a playmaker who can turn a couple 18 goal scorers into 25-28 goal scorers.
February 20, 2018 at 12:18am
@danvincent78 @NHLCanes I view him as being more of a good complementary player than pure finisher or offensive catalyst. I am hesitant on that kind of player for fear that their scoring decreases and suddenly we have yet another decent depth scorer.

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