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Draft rights, entry-level contracts and other NHL legalese for Hurricanes’ prospects and players

Yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe did a reasonably deep dive into the rules around teams’ draft rights, entry-level contracts and the differences between Canadian junior, US NCAA and European prospects. If you missed it, you can find that HERE. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe works through he Hurricanes’ prospect pool to provide real world examples.   Examples of the “entry-level slide” for Haydn Fleury, Alex Nedeljkovic and Roland McKeown The 2014 NHL draft class offers a great illustration of how the entry-level slide works. Josh Wesley and Clark Bishop signed their entry-level contracts prior to the 2016-17, so obviously the 2016-17 season in the AHL/CHL was the first of three years on each of their entry-level contracts. But Haydn Fleury, Alex Nedeljkovic and Roland McKeown who were similarly drafted Canadian junior players drafted in 2014 were actually signed over the past two offseasons. But because they did not play the required 10 games at the professional level in the 2014-15 or 2015-16 season, their contracts have the full three years remaining just like the players signed later. The “slide” and team benefit of keeping the players from reaching 10 games at the professional level is significant contractually down the road. First, the slide extends the duration of the players’ inexpensive contracts and increases the chance that some of those years could be tremendous bargains. If Fleury breaks into the NHL this season and pulls a Pesce/Slavin, he will earn less than $1 million this season and also in 2017-18 because of the 2-year slide on his entry-level deal while he developed at the Canadian junior level. Delaying the start... read more

Brett Pesce: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

For anyone catching up, a menu of previous player (and also coaching and GM) report cards can be found at the bottom of the article. Brett Pesce’s starting point for the 2016-17 season During a 2015-16 season that saw a transformation of the Carolina Hurricanes’ blue line to a younger group, Brett Pesce was actually first on the scene. He had a strong preseason and looked surprisingly calm and capable despite making a big jump from NCAA to NHL (preseason anyway) hockey. He and Jaccob Slavin were a couple of the last cuts, and he headed off to Charlotte to continue his development in the AHL. That changed quickly when veteran second pairing, right shot defenseman James Wisniewski was felled by a a season-ending knee injury in his first shift in a Hurricanes uniform. The Hurricanes tried a couple other options first. And Francis did not follow my initial call to at least give Pesce a look in the hole previously filled by Wisniewski on the right side of the team’s second defense pairing but did recall Pesce soon thereafter which prompted me to write this optimistic article on the eve of Brett Pesce’s NHL debut. And from the category of ‘every once in awhile even a blind squirrel finds a nut,’ it actually worked. John-Michael Liles proved to be an incredibly good fit and an even better mentor and partner while Pesce worked to adapt and bring his game to a much higher level. Initially, Liles did a tremendous job of playing a cautious game with the puck on his stick and being careful not to put Pesce... read more

Thursday Coffee Shop: The Carolina Hurricanes top 4 defensemen for the 2017-18 season

Continuing with this week’s theme of building the 2017-18 blue line, the Thursday Coffee Shop will attempt to build the all-important top 4. If you missed it and want to catch up, the focus of the Monday Coffee shop polls/discussion aimed at building the third pairing and filling the #7 defense slot for the 2017-18 season. Since then, the report cards for the defenseman who played at least part of the 2016-17 season in a top 4 role have been posted. Here are clickable links for those articles – Noah Hanifin, Ron Hainsey, Justin Faulk, Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce. I continued my harsh grading for the blue line awarding only the the duo of Jacob Slavin and Brett Pesce A’s. Noah Hanfin and Justin Faulk who figure to be in the mix for top 4 earned modest B- grades, and everyone else received a C. In short, though the future of the blue line looks incredibly promising and strides have been made in that direction, I think the ‘right now’ reality is that below Slavin/Pesce, the group was ‘meh’ or worse in 2016-17 but has the potential to be much better in 2017-18. With that, today’s polls and discussion questions take on the task of building out the top 4 to gain that improvement.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   As a starting point, as of writing this article 61 percent of readers had Noah Hanifin confidently inked into the top 4. Here are the results and/or a chance to vote if you have not already followed by other questions... read more

NHL CBA legalese: Draft rights and entry-level contracts

If you want something that feels less like a contract law class, I suggest hopping into the Thursday Coffee Shop where the discussion and polls aim at sorting out the top 4 defensemen for the 2017-18 season after working on the bottom pairing and #7 slot on Monday. ————————————– On May 14, 2017 I took a try addressing the NHL legalese around free agents. In a similar vein, today’s Daily Cup of Joe will attempt to explain how things work for draft rights after a player is drafted, how it works differently for Canadian junior versus US college versus European draftees and then the entry-level contracts and how those work. The aim again is the cover the basics and most common scenarios and not get too bogged down in every single possibility. Please holler in the comments if the first try at this is hard to understand or seems to leave gaps or unanswered questions.   When are players eligible to be drafted by the NHL At a basic level, players are eligible to be drafted into the NHL when they are 18 years old. Technically, they must turn 18 by September 15, so some players are actually 17 years old when drafted. North American players who are not drafted in the year that they become draft-eligible can be drafted in later years as long as they do not turn 20 years old before December 31 of that draft year. At the point where they age out, they become an undrafted free agent. Players drafted after the first year they become eligible are referred to as “overage” players. European players become... read more

Jaccob Slavin: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

For anyone catching up, a menu of previous player (and also coaching and GM) report cards can be found at the bottom of the article. Jaccob Slavin’s starting point for the 2016-17 season After making development strides in his third season with the Chicago Steel in the USHL and then two seasons at Colorado College after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL draft, Slavin signed his NHL entry-level contract and moved to the professional level for the 2015-16 season. He had a strong training camp, made an impression that suggested he was closer to NHL-ready maybe than expected but ultimately departed for the AHL at the end of camp. After a short 14-game stint in Charlotte, Jaccob Slavin was called up from the AHL and made his NHL debut on November 20, 2016. Initially, Slavin looked comfortable and capable in a third pairing role, and he progressed rapidly from that modest starting point. From the point when Justin Faulk first went down with an injury before a game on February 12, Slavin averaged an even 24:00 of ice time in a top pairing role and grew to become the team’s best defenseman down the stretch. The run of about 30 games was eye-opening and had Slavin clearly on an upward trajectory heading into the 2016-17 season.   Jaccob Slavin’s 2016-17 season with the Carolina Hurricanes As impressive as Slavin was in the second half of the 2015-16, he entered the 2016-17 season with only 63 games of NHL experience. With the departure of John-Michael Liles at the 2016 trade deadline and no top half of... read more

Miscellaneous Carolina Hurricanes news and notes

Running a bit late and having two partially written DCoJ articles that both have partly to do with the second round of the playoffs ending, today’s Daily Cup of Joe will catch up on some news and notes that have been jotted here or there but not made it into an article yet.   The Swedes – Congrats to Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask, Eddie Lack and Joakim Nordstrom Hopefully everyone is active on Twitter and spent some time poking around on Monday. The fun in Sweden when the team returned after winning the gold medal in the IIHF ranks nearly as high as the fun in Nashville this week. And with four Hurricanes players (Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask, Joakim Nordstrom and Eddie Lack) involved, the win and festivities had intermittent Hurricanes’ appearances including Eddie Lack spraying champagne through the entire locker room and Victor Rask looking downright jovial. I have already started working on a assembling a group of people to show at the Hurricanes first practice in September wearing the gold helmets that adorned the players at the celebration in Sweden. I root for my home country first obviously but am still happy for our players’ success.   Klas Dahlbeck First and foremost, Klas Dahlbeck was signed to provide the ‘experienced player’ offering necessary to shield Justin Faulk (the only other option) from the expansion draft. But Dahlbeck will not likely be selected and lost in the expansion draft. As such, he slots somewhere between 6 and 8 on the Hurricanes’ depth chart. The more I think about the possible scenarios for the bottom part of the Hurricanes’... read more

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