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Preseason Gm1 @Sabres: ‘What I’m watching’

If you were away from Canes hockey over the weekend, you missed a great couple days. Practices kicked off on Friday and the Caniac Carnival offered both non-hockey and hockey (two practices) festivities. If you want to catch up on the practices, my recap of the first practice primarily with the NHL regulars is HERE, and my recap of the second practice primarily with the AHL and prospect-level players is HERE.   And so it begins… On Monday night in Buffalo, the Hurricanes will kick off their 2017-18 preseason with a game against the Sabres at 7pm tonight. As far as I know, there will not be a video broadcast available, so your best best is WRALSportsfan.com or their mobile app to see the game through the eyes of Chuck Kaiton. The game offers the first chance to see the 2017-18 team in game action, so that is obviously the focus of ‘what I’m watching’.   The Carolina Hurricanes lineup The lineup is a little bit light on NHL forwards, does include four projected NHL defensemen and will feature AHL goalies Jeremy Smith and Alex Nedeljkovic. Michael Smith from CarolinaHurricanes.com tweeted out the expected lines as: #Canes forward lines:Skinner-Ryan-Di GiuseppeJooris-Necas-SaarelaMcGinn-Poturalski-MillerTolchinsky-Wallmark-Hofmann — Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) September 18, 2017 #Canes defensive pairs for tonight:Hanifin-PesceBean-WesleyFleury-van Riemsdyk — Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) September 18, 2017 1) A chance to make an impression Jake Bean draws into the lineup tonight. In my Daily Cup of Joe today, I did not downgrade his long-term upside, but I did downgrade his chances of being a surprise for the 2017-18 season. On ice performance obviously carries 100 times... read more

Monday Coffee Shop: Three games in three days–A first look at the 2017-18 Hurricanes

With a couple days of practice and the Caniac Carnival already in the rearview mirror, the preseason starts in earnest with three games in three days starting tonight in Buffalo. Someone holler if he/she finds a video stream, but I had a couple contacts from Buffalo ping me to ask if the Hurricanes would have one. They were not aware of one from the Buffalo side. There should be a radio version available online with a chance to enjoy Chuck Kaiton’s call. The run of three games offers a first chance for Peters to evaluate players outside of the current lineup as possible upgrades and also begin to assess his working version of forward lines, defense pairings and special teams units. Getting an early read on the situation is the subject of today’s Coffee Shop polls and discussion.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Which parts of the lineup are you most looking to evaluate in the run of three preseason games? The blue line especially past Slavin and Pesce. The goalies and how well they are tracking toward being ready in a couple weeks. The line combinations and chemistry for the top 9 forwards. The options for the fourth line. The special teams units. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which newcomer or rookie are you most looking forward to seeing in game action? (Select up to three.) Scott Darling Haydn Fleury Julien Gauthier Josh Jooris Marcus Kruger Janne Kuokkanen Martin Necas Aleksi Saarela Trevor van Riemsdyk Justin Williams Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading... read more

Quick looks at some of the dark horse candidates vying for Carolina Hurricanes roster spots

If you missed it yesterday, I posted a separate set of notes for each of the two Sunday practices. Notes for the NHL group in the morning are HERE, and notes for the AHL/prospect session in the afternoon are HERE.   Timing is treacherous since we are on the brink of three days of game action that could wildly swing players roster hopes, but just for fun, I will take a shot at being a prognosticator for the various dark horse candidates. This sets up nicely for a Thursday or Friday review that sees which proved significantly different from Monday to Wednesday.   Jake Bean I like his game with the puck and think his upside is intact, but I do not think he is ready to defend and play without the puck at the NHL level yet. I think he will stick around late into training camp simply because the reps will be good for him before he dials back down to a lower level of competition. Not for 2017-18   Phil Di Giuseppe He needs to dial it up in the preseason games. Practices and internal scrimmages are not a great environment to show off a physical edge and ability to disrupt an opponent with it. Di Giuseppe needs to dial it up in preseason games to make an unmistakable impression if he wants to start the 2017-18 season at the NHL level. An injury opening would help; otherwise it takes a massive impression in preseason game action.   Julien Gauthier As much as the couple power forward highlights and training points pop up regularly, he needs... read more

Caniac Carnival practice session #2 notes

Check out also my notes from the first practice which featured the NHL group plus a few more.   The second practice group on Sunday featured primarily the AHL and lower-level prospects except for a handful who were lucky enough to practice with the NHL squad in the morning. I was initially disappointed when I learned that they would not be having the usual Red/White Game at the Caniac Carnival. That game which features the prospect groups always represented a good opportunity to evaluate the prospects in game action. But Sunday’s second practice session was reasonably good for the same purpose. Whereas the NHL practice was tactically focused on special teams which was 75 percent of the practice, the afternoon practice was heavier on training camp type drills and a variety of game-ish situation drills. Below is a set of somewhat random player notes and observations most in stream of consciousness format since I am worn out after a long day.   Julien Gauthier He had his best day in what has been a somewhat ‘meh’ September for him. Important to note is that Sunday’s drills which were heavy on a bunch of open ice and playing offense with a numbers advantage is in his wheelhouse, so more impressive will be if he can have an ‘every shift’ put on a similar power forward display in a preseason game with more crowded ice on an every shift basis. But giving credit where it is due, Gauthier was dynamic on Sunday. He had a number of good plays, but I think his best sequence was in a drill that went 2-on-2... read more

Caniac Carnival practice session #1 notes

Skip below the divider if you just want the on-ice part… Continuing a good run, Sunday provided another beautiful day for Carolina Hurricanes training camp hockey and the fun of the Caniac Carnival. The atmosphere is always phenomenal between the on-ice action but also the inflatables, giveaways food truck and true carnival atmosphere outside. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Ashleigh and Cory at Tenco Coffee for offering a convenient pick up and sale point for Canes and Coffee coffee cups at the Caniac Carnival and also for tremendous locally-roasted Counter Culture coffee to help me power through two practices and a long day. And best part of the day was meeting up with both new and old friends and fellow Caniacs from having a real life Canes and Coffee experience with a small group before the first practice to seeing a few familiar faces to catching a few people carrying Canes and Coffee boxes around to just chatting with the people near me at the practices. I cannot be happier to be a tiny part of a great hockey community!   On the ice, the day offered two practices. The first saw a mostly veteran group that included all of surefire NHLers and another 6-8 players who presumably earned the chance to sit at the adults table. The second practice was actually the more interesting. The ‘kids’ practice featured enough scrimmage/real hockey type drills that it provided a great evaluation point for many of the prospects. This article will cover the first practice. I will loop back around either late tonight or otherwise sometime... read more

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Caniac Carnival edition

For anyone who has not already had it on their calendar for a couple months, Sunday is the Caniac Carnival which is an official rite of passage out of the offseason and into preseason hockey. The team will enter its third day of practice when the first group steps on the ice at PNC Arena at 10:30am on Sunday. Today’s batch of external reading has a few articles on the Caniac Carnival and preseason action so far plus a mix of other articles.   The Caniac Carnival For anyone who is not already scheduled to be there but is looking for inexpensive fun mid-day on Sunday, the schedule and details for the Caniac Carnival can be found at CarolinaHurricanes.com. Canes and Coffee offered a ‘what I’m watching’ style preview for the Sunday practices and included a ‘best food truck options’ poll to help people plan lunch.   Carolina Hurricanes training camp Tom Edwards from Section 328 offers a who’s who of the full list of players at the Carolina Hurricanes training camp. The second part of Canes and Coffee’s training camp preview (with links to the first part) takes and early look at sorting out the forward lines and defense pairings.   Looking forward to the Hurricanes 2017-18 season Ron Francis recaps the offseason and previews the 2017-18 season in an interview with Michael Smith at CarolinaHurricanes.com. Jonathan Wagner at CBTS Blog pulls out his crystal ball and suggests three potential breakout players for the 2017-18 season. Jim Cerny from Sporting News previews the Hurricanes 2017-18 season and suggests that the team could be on the cusp of ending... read more

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