Guest Article by Brandon Stanley — Canes Prospect Development Camp Notes: The SvechNecas Show

Guest Article by Brandon Stanley — Canes Prospect Development Camp Notes: The SvechNecas Show

In 2017 when I was away for part of the week for prospect camp, a couple other writers were generous enough to step in and cover some of the practices. To add another viewpoint to the 2018 coverage, Brandon Stanley generously agreed to share his viewpoint on the camp. On a day for double prospect camp viewpoints, you can also find part 1 of Matt’s final recap HERE.   Brandon Stanley Brandon Stanley is a communication media student at NC State. He grew up playing hockey locally in the Jr. Canes organization and other local Raleigh Youth Hockey Association teams from the age of 9 until 18. There is very little that he is more passionate about than the game of hockey. He admittedly spends an unhealthy amount of time looking at stats, prospects, power rankings, and whatever else he can find, so Prospects’ Camp was a nice little taste to hopefully help hold him over until October.   Brandon’s thoughts on the 2018 Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp I’ll admit: I was excited about last year’s camp. There were studs preparing to begin their professional careers that I was high on like Nicolas Roy, Julien Gauthier, Janne Kuokkanen, and Warren Foegele. There were intriguing, newly drafted youngsters like Morgan Geekie, Stelio Mattheos, Luke Martin, and a thin, but lightning quick kid named Marty Necas. And there was hope in the building that the group of young men on display would help pull our beloved Carolina Hurricanes out of the doldrums of the Metropolitan Division and back into hockey relevancy. But that excitement and buzz was nothing compared to what...
Carolina Hurricanes draft Andrei Svechnikov — Reading list

Carolina Hurricanes draft Andrei Svechnikov — Reading list

As expected (and hoped by some who feared the team might overthink a good thing), the Carolina used the #2 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to select Andrei Svechnikov. Here is a collection of reading on the right wing from Russia who could compete for an NHL roster spot for the 2018-19 season. My hope is to add more entries once I find time to do additional time digging on Google. If you have read other good articles, please let us know (email, webform or Twitter), so we can add to our library of Andrei Svechnikov summer reading for the Caniac Nation.   Andrei Svechnikov League-wide media Draft profile at TSN written by Daniel Nugent Bowman. Bob McKenzie’s final draft rankings at TSN add an additional layer of detail that suggest that Andrei Svechnikov had separated himself from the group of forwards behind Dahlin and become a unanimous #2. Rory Boylen from TSN.ca offers the 411 on Andrei Svechnikov as part of the site’s series on the upcoming draft prospects. NHL.com’s Mike Morreale interviewed Andrei Svechnikov for his “Five Questions” segment.   Scouting and profiles for Andrei Svechnikov The Draft Analyst actually had Svechnikov ranked #1 when writing its profile in September before the 2017-18 season began. Andrei Svechnikov’s draft profit at CHL.ca has a short video with a nice mix of interview, commentary from others and a few highlights. Scott Rosenheck offers a detailed profile of Andrei Svechnikov at FanSided’s The Canuck Way. Peter Harling from Dobber Prospects offers a profile with some notes from Svechnikov’s 2017-18 season.     Local coverage Interview by Mary Dunleavy...
Monday Coffee Shop: Looking back on 2017-18 and forward to the NHL playoffs

Monday Coffee Shop: Looking back on 2017-18 and forward to the NHL playoffs

With the passing of Easter weekend, the 2017-18 NHL season for the Carolina Hurricanes now has only one week and three games remaining before another long offseason ensues. The Monday Coffee Shop dabbles a bit in the Canes 2017-18 season and looks forward to another round of NHL playoffs without the Hurricanes for the ninth straight season.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   When we look back on the organizational changes (and non-changes) from the 2017-18 season in 5 years, which will be most significant? (Select up to 2.) Chuck Greenburg's failed bid to purchase the team. Tom Dundon's acquisition of the team. Ron Francis' removal from the GM role. The hiring of a new GM. The decision to retain Bill Peters (if he stays). The decision to fire Bill Peters or his decision to resign (if he leaves). Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Paired with today's Daily Cup of Joe article on the same topic, which 'what if' is most significant? What if Francis had opted for another goalie instead of Scott Darling? What if Francis had added a higher-end scoring forward to the mix last summer? What if the team had named Justin Williams captain? What if the team had reached to the AHL level for help earlier and more often? What if Peters had shifted Sebastian Aho to the center position earlier in the season? Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which potential playoff entrant(s) are you pulling for in the 2018 NHL playoffs? (Select up to 2.) Boston Bruins...
Thursday Coffee Shop: The home stretch edition

Thursday Coffee Shop: The home stretch edition

After a few days off, the Hurricanes play another back-to-back set this weekend before launching into the final three games of the 2017-18 season next week. And on Wednesday Valentin Zykov and Warren Foegele were returned to the Charlotte Checkers eliminating arguably the best story line going right now. And with that, the home stretch of the 2017-18 season is upon us. We will save the deeper dives on the full season until it is officially completed, so today’s Coffee Shop instead offers an eclectic mix of polls and discussion questions.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   With only five games remaining, which best describes your level of engagement with the Hurricanes right now? (Select as many as apply.) Baseball season is here! I am mostly gone but not into baseball. I was enjoying the prospect auditions but might now check out if prospects do not return to the lineup. I am still engaged just because I am supposed to be but am in low-enthusiasm mode. I am slowly turning my attention to the Checkers and their playoff prospects. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which milestone is most worth watching over the last five games? Sebastian Aho needing 3 goals to reach 30. Haydn Fleury still seeking his first NHL goal. Jaccob Slavin needing 1 goal to reach 10 with Noah Hanifin. The team needing to finish strong with 9 points to beat last season's point total. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Once things settle down after the season, the hope is...
Tuesday Coffee Shop: The AHL brigade edition

Tuesday Coffee Shop: The AHL brigade edition

For whatever reason, getting a Coffee Shop article up on Monday just has not happened of late. At least temporarily we are going to trying doing Tuesday instead.   The last couple coffee shop posts aimed at building a 2018-19 roster yielded some interesting results. You can see where the dust settled in the ‘stay or go’ polls for forwards HERE. And the seemingly harsher poll for goalies, defensemen and coaches which is HERE pretty aggressively votes to usher out the coaching staff and also some players. Today’s Coffee Shop takes full advantage of the recent uptick in the team’s play and the AHL group that has been a feel-good catalyst for it.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Do you think the team waited too long to reach to Charlotte for AHL call ups? No. Having patience and giving these players time to develop is the right move in the long run. Yes. Early returns from Zykov, Foegele and McKeown suggest it was at least worth a try to jump start a languishing February Canes team. Undecided. There are pros and cons each way and/or it is still too early to tell View Results  Loading ...   Which feel-good story is your favorite right now? Zykov looking like the final puzzle piece for a top scoring line with Aho and Teravainen. McKeown quietly looking like another capable young defenseman. Foegele bursting onto the scene with a goal and an assist while still showing his strong play defending. View Results  Loading ...   Which of the following players do you project...