Monday Coffee Shop: Recapping the weekend and looking forward

Monday Coffee Shop: Recapping the weekend and looking forward

Pull up a chair. Grab a cup of Joe. Share your thoughts. After some slow days when we needed to manufacture things to bandy about, today offers a larger batch of real Hurricanes hockey moves and news. And that in itself is something to be thankful for. The team’s prospect pool is now 9 players deeper. Maybe equal in terms of significance  is that the count of draft picks numbered nine which means that the Hurricanes used each and every one of the draft picks with which the team started the weekend. If you were away and want to catch up on the weekend activities, profiles and reading lists for the newest Hurricanes prospects and also Trevor van Riemsdyk can be found in the Sunday Canes Chronicle. There is also a summary-level draft recap. And finally, I continue to stand by my Saturday morning mini-novel for being as good of an explanation of the current trade situation as  any. In addition, Monday’s Daily Cup of Joe details a few items on the schedule for the week ahead starting with a 5pm deadline on Monday. With that, here are at least starting points for front of the week discussion that looks backward and forward.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll entry.   Which Hurricanes draft picks (pick 2) are you most excited about? Martin Necas Eetu Luostarinen Luke Martin Morgan Geekie Stelio Mattheos Eetu Makiniemi Brendan De Jong Ville Rasanen View Results  Loading ...   On a scale of 1-5, how disappointed were you that Francis was unable to pull off a draft...
Menu of reading lists for 2017 Carolina Hurricanes draft selections

Menu of reading lists for 2017 Carolina Hurricanes draft selections

The Carolina Hurricanes 2017 draft class To help everyone get up to speed on the newest Hurricanes prospects drafted on Friday and Saturday, Canes and Coffee offers a profile and reading list for each player (last two still in process). Martin Nekas — First round (#12 overall) — Czech Republic Eetu Luostarinen — Second round (#42 overall) — Finland Luke Martin — Second round (#52 overall) — University of Michigan Morgan Geekie — Third round (#67 overall) — Tri-City Americans (WHL) Stelio Mattheos — Third round (#73 overall) — Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Eetu Makiniemi — Fourth round (#104 overall) — Finland Brendan De Jong — Sixth round ( #166 overall) — Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Ville Rasanen — Seventh round (#197) — Finland   Go Canes!...
Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft (7): Expert panel mock draft finale

Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft (7): Expert panel mock draft finale

After a full week of 2017 NHL Draft coverage that literally scanned the globe, the actually draft weekend is finally here. But not before a grand finale which is a mock draft with a panel of NHL prospect experts. Also, if you missed the previous coverage, you can find a clickable menu of all of the draft coverage articles HERE.   The expert panel Grant McCagg (Twitter=@grantmccagg) is the founder of Recrutes.ca which is a hockey scouting service that focuses on NHL prospects. Grant draws upon three decades of experience as a reporter, editor, publisher, author and scout to provide deep insight into players’ abilities and ultimate potential for professional level customers and also the NHL fan base. Peter Harling (Twitter=@pharling) is the Managing Editor for DobberProspects . He has been a contributor to McKeens hockey, Today’s Slapshot, The Hockey Writers and more. Kevin LeBlanc (Twitter=@kleblanchockey) is an Associate Editor and Senior Prospect Writer for DobberProspects and also writes a weekly prospect column for DobberHockey entitled The Journey. Kevin also contributes Hurricanes prospect-based content for Canes Country.   Check out the draft and prospect guides for leisure reading If you are looking for something calm but also thoughtful to wind down the work week on Friday, I am recommending a couple bottles of adventuresome local craft beer and one or both of Grant McCagg’s Recrutes Draft Guide or Peter Harling and company’s Dobber Prospects Guide if you prefer players already in the Hurricanes and other NHL teams’ systems. About $30 for the combination of those three things is money well spent!   Carolina Hurricanes 2017 free form mock draft Grant McCagg Grant goes...
Matt’s mock draft — Cheating off the smart kids

Matt’s mock draft — Cheating off the smart kids

If you have time to read only one 2017 NHL Draft article at Canes and Coffee today, you are in the wrong place. You should instead spend your time reading the expert panel article HERE. Or even better, stop by “Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Central” where you can find a clickable, chronological list of our series of NHL draft articles that ran all week.   But if you have some extra time leading up to the draft which starts at 7pm Eastern Time, I decided to have some fun trying to do my own mock draft, ‘cheating off the smart kids’ style. I do NOT track NHL prospects all year round and because I have other hockey hobby obligations this year, I do significantly less than even the fans who spend a week or so reading through draft guides and watching Youtube highlight videos. But by by virtue of managing an NHL hockey web site, I was able to pull in a number of smart kids this week with 9 total articles broken out by geography — QMJHL, OHL, WHL, Europe and US. So my attempt at a mock draft is basically borrowing answers (it’s not plagiarism if I note sources right?) from the 9 articles that ran this week. Also note that in browsing some other mock drafts on Friday morning, some of my selections seem to optimistically put players in later rounds than many have them. So if it helps me get at least one pick right, I reserve the right to just move all of my picks forward one round. 🙂   First Round #12:...
Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft (5a): Scouting the USHL and broader US with Kevin Wickersham from Dobber Prospects

Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft (5a): Scouting the USHL and broader US with Kevin Wickersham from Dobber Prospects

For those inclined to throw darts at prospect names in fun, there is still time to enter the NHL Draft part of our summer fantasy hockey contest. The final of five stops on our geographic league tour scouting prospects for the 2017 NHL Draft finds us back home in the United States. If you missed our stops in the Canadian Hockey League in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League or Western Hockey or our hope across the pond to Europe, you can catch up with links to all of our NHL draft-related coverage in our “Canes and Coffee 2017 NHL Draft Central.”   About the Scout/Writer Kevin Wickersham (Twitter=@KWcrosscheck) is a senior writer at Dobber Prospects and a weekly columnist for Dobber Hockey’s “The Wild West.” He is also a regular contributor for other sites on US prospects and has also launched his own prospect-focused website, Wix Hockey, that similarly focuses on NHL prospects.   Scouting the United States (USHL + other US) for the Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Canes and Coffee: For a mock draft, who do you see the Hurricanes taking at #12 overall? Kevin Wickersham: With their solid, young defensive core and Darling to back them up, Carolina needs to address scoring. Having finished 20th, 27th, 27th and 22nd in goals over the past four seasons they’ll hope a prolific, finishing forward such as the skilled and speedy Finnish sniper, left wing Eeli Tolvanen or cerebral, opportunistic center Elias Pettersson. Pettersson scored nearly a point-per-game pace in the Swedish Allsvenskan League last year and may man the right wing at the next level unless he...