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Early thoughts on Carolina Hurricanes battle for forward roster spots

In case you missed it late last night, notes from the Hurricanes 6-1 win over the Lightning are HERE.   The Hurricanes were to enter training camp with a healthy helping of roster spots open to be won in preseason. Then just before the start of training camp, the team announced that Victor Rask would be out long-term with a finger injury that required surgery. My count is eight healthy forwards on one-way contracts plus Sebastian Aho who is on an entry-level deal but obviously an NHLer plus Andrei Svechnikov who is a more or less a certainty to remain at the NHL level. That leaves three forward slots to be won in training camp assuming there are no injuries and no players on one-way contracts are demoted. Further, I do not see Martin Necas as a player guaranteed an NHL slot regardless of preseason/training camp, but he too projects to be on the opening day roster. That still leaves two forward slots to be won by rookies in training camp. Based on a small sample size of two games, today’s Daily Cup of Joe handicaps the battle for those two roster slots.   In so far or at least making a case to be in 1) Lucas Wallmark He impressed in his first preseason action on Tuesday. One of the openings is the center slot vacated by Victor Rask. The team does have options to move a player to center in Jordan Martinook and possibly Teuvo Teravainen, but I really think that slot is Wallmark’s to win. He did all he could in the AHL in 2017-18 and... read more

Preseason Gm2 Vs. Tam: Canes pick up where they left off in 6-1 win over Bolts

For the second consecutive night, the Carolina Hurricanes handed the Tampa Bay Lightning a loss by a wide margin. Wednesday’s final tally was 6-1 Hurricanes. This might sound odd, but I actually thought Hurricanes were a decent amount better on Tuesday. Timely finishing and three power play goals ran up the score, but the Hurricanes were sluggish early and sloppy intermittently throughout. But at least for stretches, the pace and aggressiveness were there on Wednesday. Doing things a bit differently, I will hop straight to player notes and try to cover the recap in the process:   Warren Foegele The best summary might be these two Tweets: 4/? Really like Warren Foegele. More than any other young player fighting for a spot, I think he epitomizes what Brind'Amour hockey is supposed to look like. — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) September 20, 2018 When I try to picture the good version of what Rod Brind’Amour hockey would look like, Warren Foegele is it. He very much reminds me of the 2005-06 version of Justin Williams with a little more size and probably even speed but maybe a tiny bit less offensive ability. He just constantly skates hard to get into plays and engage pucks/players such that he is a royal pain to play against on the forecheck and in the neutral zone. The question with him is how much he can produce offensively at at the NHL level, but I think at a minimum, he is the 2020 prototype of a physical depth forward with skating and enough offensive ability to contribute. He is built for today’s NHL with... read more

Preseason #2 Vs. Tam: ‘What I’m watching’ — Canes seek continuation with NHL group in game 2 rematch

Tuesday featured a road match of a young Canes group that was light on pure NHL talent playing the core of a Stanley Cup contender. But proving that the game is won on the ice, the Hurricanes group, led by the forwards, pushed pace and played an aggressive, skating brand of hockey that tilted the ice into the Tampa Bay end and resulted in a 4-1 Hurricanes win. If you missed it late last night, you can find my recap for that game HERE.  Preseason action continues tonight with a rematch in Raleigh. As one would expect, Wednesday will feature more of an NHL lineup for the Hurricanes and less of an NHL lineup for the Lightning.   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Tampa Bay Lightning 1) Continuation of pace and pressure For me, the story of the game Tuesday was the strong forward play that dictated play, tilted the ice into the offensive zone and minimized pressure on the defense and goalies to stop the Lightning scoring stars. I closed with this for my game recap yesterday: 7) The burning question The forward play was impressive. They generally played a simple and aggressive game pursuing the puck in all three zones. At least theoretically, the pace and aggressiveness (and hopefully the success in Tuesday’s game) could potentially be the first part of what we call “Brind’Amour hockey”. But to be honest, I think the Caniac Nation, myself included, is so desperate for signs of a positive trajectory that 60 minutes of hockey in game 1 of the preseason could be taken for more than... read more

Canes catch up notes: Brett Pesce, Peter Mrazek, Greg McKegg and Jordan Martinook

In case you missed it, a recap with player notes of the Hurricanes 4-1 win over the Lightning is HERE.   Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a quick burst of Canes notes that have not made it into another article yet or are covered in more detail here.   Brett Pesce As far as anything official, Brett Pesce who missed the tail end of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury, his usage thus far in training camp has looked odd to me. For the first practice sessions, Slavin, Hamilton, de Haan and Faulk were in one group and Pesce was in the other spending time with Jake Bean. Brind’Amour said very clearly not to read much into combinations in early practices, but the paranoid part of me figures Pesce for a top 4 defenseman and would logically expect him to be practicing with that group. If he plays regular minutes in Wednesday’s preseason game that would sort of put a stake in the sand that says the injury is behind him and that he is tracking to be ready by early October. WEDNESDAY NOTE ADDED: Pesce is in the lineup for Wednesday’s game, so I guess we can close this one. The watch shifts to getting an early read on how Brind’Amour plans to build his blue line with arguably five top 4 defensemen and only 4 slots plus the need to bump someone (likely Fleury) out of the bottom pairing.  UPDATE TO UPDATE: Pesce seems to be on the lineup card but not in the lineup? I guess we will see at game time, but perhaps... read more

Preseason Gm1 @Tam: Canes kids and grinders roll to 4-1 win over Tampa Bay All-Stars

Brief recap of Hurricanes 4-1 win over the Lightning As is often the case for road games early in preseason, the home team has a number of the top players dressed to play in front of the home crowd and skip some of the preseason travel, and just the opposite the road team travels without many of its top players and instead with a young group. That was exactly the case on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay with the Lightning icing what would figure to be the superior team on paper. But the paper meant nothing. The Hurricanes dictated play and were the aggressor pretty much from the outset. The young forward group to a man, attacked the puck and took away space especially on the forecheck and in the neutral. The result was a strong start in terms of puck possession and minimal pressure 5v5 on the defense and the goalie. Combined with a shaky first period from Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead. First, tryout defenseman Michal Cajkovsky made the most of his chance to suit up in a NHL uniform when he scored through a Morgan Geekie screen to put the Canes up 1-0. Cajkovsky. He looked you the next coming of Brent Burns for most of the first period playing much of the period creeping down to the top of the face-off circle to support the puck and then firing at will when it arrived. He had a least five first period shots, mostly of a good quality. Then Lucas Wallmark beat Vasilevskiy cleanly on a soft goal to... read more

Preseason #1 @Tam: ‘What I’m watching’ — Let the games begin!

After another long offseason, the Carolina Hurricanes are back on the ice in game action in the first of six preseason games to prepare for the 2018-19 NHL season. The game group travels to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning. As is usually the case in early preseason road games, the Hurricanes lineup is slightly on the light side in terms of players expected to make the NHL roster and as is often the case, will play a Lightning team that is fairly stacked with its superstars. Both today’s game and Wednesday’s will feature ‘that one chance to impress’ for a number of players on the underside of the cut line before the roster starts to shrink and the team focuses more on NHL lineup preparation.   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Tampa Bay Lightning 1) Young D under pressure As noted above, many of Tampa Bay’s big guns will be in the lineup and will be facing a young Hurricanes group on defense that includes only Haydn Fleury and Trevor van Riemsdyk for the 2017-18 NHL regulars. The game represents a big challenge and measuring stick for the group of aspiring young defensemen that includes Roland McKeown, Jake Bean, Josh Wesley, Daniel Renouf and Michal Cajkovsky. On Tuesday, I will be watching to see how the young group holds up against high-end NHL competition as a way of measuring proximity to NHL-readiness for these players.   2) Lucas Wallmark As detailed in my Daily Cup of Joe article on Monday on Victor Rask’s injury, I see Lucas Wallmark as the front runner to... read more

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@bidbad41 People are still talking about Warren Foegele as if he is competing for a roster spot. I will be shocked if Brind'Amour cuts Foegele at this time he is working so hard to change culture/mentality. I don't care about waivers, numbers etc. Book him for October 4.

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