2018 MIDTERMS: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston, Ontario Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston, Ontario Hockey League)

Today’s entry is #14 out of what will hopefully be a complete set of 17 prospects below the AHL level. You can find the full set of clickable links in the menu page HERE. After completing four of five stops in the Western Hockey League, our “Midterms” series heads east and makes the second of two stops in the Ontario Hockey League to check in on goalie Jeremy Helvig.   Jeremy Helvig Jeremy Helvig was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft after being bypassed in the 2015 draft. Helvig boasts NHL size at 6 feet 4 inches tall and 207 pounds and is also credited for above average athleticism and quickness for his size which is a great starting point for developing into an NHL netminder. With Alex Nedeljkovic and Callum Booth already slated to fill two of the three goalie slots for the AHL and ECHL (and veteran AHLer Jeremy Smith added to fill a third), Helvig has returned to Kingston in the OHL to play as an overager. Helvig is playing to earn a professional contract for the 2018-19 season.   Interview with Allan Etmanski, pre-game host for Kingston Frontenacs television About the interviewee Allan Etmanski (Twitter=@allanetmanksi) is a recent cancer survivor and former hockey player turned sports broadcaster/reporter who hails from Wellington, Ontario and currently resides in Kingston, Ontario. Currently, he can be heard calling games for the Kingston Voyageurs of the OJHL and the RMC Paladins of the OUA, while hosting a pre-game show for the Kingston Frontenacs television broadcasts and filling in for other roles when needed. Allan has called action...
2018 MIDTERMS: Brendan De Jong (Portland, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Brendan De Jong (Portland, Western Hockey League)

For those who have not been tracking the “Midterms” series that is checking in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, you can find a clickable link to the most recent article on Jake Bean and also the previous 13 articles in this Menu. Up next is the fourth of five stops in the Western Hockey League for a check in on defenseman and 2017 draftee Brendan De Jong.   Brendan De Jong Defenseman Brendan De Jong from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League was the Carolina Hurricanes sixth round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. What jumps out first about De Jong is his size. He is still in the process of filling out his frame, but his starting point at 6 feet 5 inches tall, he already has NHL height. During the 2016-17 season, De Jong scored eight goals and had 23 points in 72 games. He is again playing for the Porland Winterhawks in the WHL for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Brandon Rivers from DUBNetwork About the Interviewee Brandon Rivers (Twitter=@hodgesheroes) covers US Division WHL teams for DUB Network and also contributes at Seattle Sin Bin from SBNation.   Interview on Brendan De Jong Canes and Coffee: What has been Brendan De Jong’s playing situation thus far for the 2017-18 season? Brandon Rivers: Brendan De Jong has been a relied upon d-man this year for Portland. He spent much of the year playing with 20-year-old and team captain Keoni Texeira and still plays with him on the penalty kill. He has played quite a bit recently with Dennis Cholowski, who was a first round...
2018 MIDTERMS: Jake Bean (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Jake Bean (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

If you have some catching up to do on our “Midterms” series that checks in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, you can find a menu with a clickable link to the most recent article on Stelio Mattheos and all of the previous 11 articles HERE. Today’s update stays in the Western Hockey League that is home to five Canes prospects and checks in on defenseman Jake Bean who joined fellow Canes prospect Morgan Geekie with the Tri-City Americans after being traded from the Calgary Hitmen where Bean spent his junior career. This update focuses on the Calgary Hitmen portion of Jake Bean’s 2017-18 season.   Jake Bean Jake Bean was one of two Hurricanes first-round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft at #13 overall. Bean projects to be a ‘new NHL’ defenseman with high-end skating ability and a skill set to generate offense from the back end off the rush, on the power play and from within the offensive zone. After a long look in the Hurricanes training camp, Bean returned to the Calgary Hitment for the 2017-18 season. He has since played on Canada’s World Junior team and been traded to the Tri-City Americans for the playoff push.   Interview with Tyler Lowey from DUBNetwork and the Strathmore Times About the interviewee Tyler Lowey (Twitter=@tlowey) is the beat reporter for the Calgary Hitmen for DUBNetwork and also the sports editor for the Strathmore Times where he covers a variety of local sports and teams.   Interview on Jake Bean Canes and Coffee: Prior to his trade to the Tri-City Americans how would you summarize Jake...
2018 MIDTERMS: Stelio Mattheos (Brandon, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Stelio Mattheos (Brandon, Western Hockey League)

The first western stop for Canes and Coffee’s “Midterms” series featured forward Morgan Geekie with the Tri-City Americans. Today’s stop stays in the Western Hockey League and checks in on Brandon Wheat Kings forward Stelio Mattheos.   Stelio Mattheos Stelio Mattheos is one of two WHL forwards (Morgan Geekie was the other) selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Mattheos is a rugged power forward with an offensive tool kit capable of finishing especially around the net. Mattheos projects to be a power forward and capable two-way player at higher levels. In 2016-17, he doubled his previous season point total and finished with 26 goals and 35 assists in 69 games. He returns to the Brandon Wheat Kings for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Perry Bergson from The Brandon Sun About the interviewee Perry Bergson (Twitter=@PerryBergson) is a sports writer at The Brandon Sun who covers the Brandon Wheat Kings and also baseball. He has covered the Brandon Wheat Kings for Mattheos’ entire junior career. While most of his articles are behind the newspaper’s paywall, you can sometimes find his articles on the team’s website. Perry Bergson’s articles on Stelio Mattheos include an early glimpse into Mattheos’ WHL career back in 2015 and an update just before Mattheos was selected by the Hurricanes in the 2017 NHL Draft.   Interview on Stelio Mattheos Canes and Coffee: Can you please summarize Stelio Mattheos’ 2017-18 season thus far. Perry Bergson: After saying in Chicago following the draft that he was out to prove 30 teams wrong for leaving him into the third round, Mattheos...
Monday Coffee Shop: #CanesCoaster…Back up!

Monday Coffee Shop: #CanesCoaster…Back up!

The up and down 2017-18 season continued last week. After a hard-fought but still not good enough overtime loss to the Flyers to stretch the losing streak to three games, the Hurricanes rebounded with a pair of solid home wins over the weekend. That combined with recent struggles from most of the teams in the Metropolitan Division fray finds the Hurricanes currently sitting in playoff position and trending upward. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe reassesses the playoff chase for the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference. The Monday Coffee Shop will take on a similar theme with polls and discussions on the playoff outlook while we are enjoying sunnier days.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   How about now? Are the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes a playoff team? Yes. The recent rebound is a harbinger of good things to come. No. The current up from the up and down will not ultimately be enough. View Results  Loading ...   If you had to rank the good things from the two weekend wins, which was most significant? Solid goaltending X2 with both Darling and Ward participating. Sound defensive play. A higher compete and intensity level. Timely scoring with Pesce scoring early on Friday and McGinn stepping up twice at the right time on Saturday. More balanced forward lines with Lindholm at center to make the team four lines deep. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   To make the playoffs, the Hurricanes must beat 3 teams in the Metropolitan Division. Which 3 are most vulnerable? Washington Capitals Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers...