2018 MIDTERMS: Morgan Geekie (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Morgan Geekie (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

After a couple days off amidst the commotion around Hurricanes roster moves late last week, the “Midterms” series continues today with another check in north of the border and the first of five stops in the Western Hockey League for an update on forward Morgan Geekie from the Tri-City Americans. If you have some catching up to do, you can find a clickable menu for the “Midterms” articles HERE.   Morgan Geekie Morgan Geekie is one of the more interesting stories of the Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft class. He was passed over in his first year eligible in the 2016 NHL Draft and then rose up all the way to the third round in the 2017 draft based on a massive scoring surge from 25 points in 66 games in 2015-16 up to 90 points in 72 games in 2016-17. Geekie is a forward who possesses the skill set of a scoring forward. He is again playing for the Tri-City Americans in the Western Hockey League for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Aaron Piper from DUBNetwork About the interviewee Aaron Piper (Twitter=@aaronmpiper) is the DUBNetwork beat writer for the Tri-City Americans and owner of Buried Puck Threads. For Aaron, hockey became cool when he watched Wayne’s World. It became passion after his first (of many) Hampton Roads/Norfolk Admirals’ games in the 90’s. It became life when he started doing video and writing work for the Tri-City Americans. Interview on Morgan Geekie Canes and Coffee: Can you please summarize Morgan Geekie’s 2017-18 season thus far. Aaron Piper: Consistency. Morgan has continued to make himself a part of each game he plays in....
Thursday Coffee Shop: Seeking positives but also discussing reality

Thursday Coffee Shop: Seeking positives but also discussing reality

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe aims to strike a tricky balance between seeking positives but also not denying the here and now of another dip downward on the #CanesCoaster that is the Carolina Hurricanes 2017-18 season.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each poll response.   Is it over? Yes. Time to start looking forward to 2018-19. No. But the 2017-18 season is headed rapidly in that direction unless something changes drastically. No. It has been a bumpy ride, but this team will rebound and ultimately claw its way into the playoffs. View Results  Loading ...   If you need to catch up on any player updates, the Menu is HERE. Of the nine updates for Canes prospects below the AHL level, which jump out as most positive so far? (Select up to 2.) Noah Carroll David Cotton Matt Filipe Jack LaFontaine Eetu Luostarinen Eetu Makiniemi Luke Martin Luke Stevens Max Zimmer View Results  Loading ...   Aside from a possible rebound and playoff appearance, what do you see as the biggest positive in 2017-18 right now? Another rookie in Haydn Fleury making the transition to the NHL level. The ownership transition finally being completed. Indications that the game, fan experience and marketing are finally moving forward. Sebastian Aho taking another step forward as an offensive leader. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   What is your biggest disappointment/concern right now? Jeff Skinner's inability to find another scoring burst. The young blue line still maybe being a step away from being a driver in reaching the next level. Continued goaltending woes. That Bill...
2018 MIDTERMS: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Hockey League)

After completing all six stops in the NCAA ranks and two of four stops in Europe, the “Midterms” series returns to North America and makes its first stop north of the boarder in the Canadian Hockey League, more specifically Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League where we check in on defenseman Noah Carroll. For those who have missed any of the first eight entries checking in on Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, you can find a menu of clickable links here.   Noah Carroll Noah Carroll was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft. His skill set is that of a skating, puck-moving defenseman with good mobility. After developing as a younger player with the Guelph Storm, he was a trade deadline acquisition for Sault Ste. Marie during the 2016-17 season where he provided veteran depth in the top 4 for the end of the season and the playoffs. His combined totals for 2016-17 were 25 points in 62 games, and we was a noticeable plus 15 in 30 games with Sault Ste. Marie and also plus 3 in 11 playoff games. Carroll is again playing for Sault Ste. Marie for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Randy Russon from Hockey News North About the Interviewee Randy Russon (Twitter=@RandyRusson) is the editor of HockeyNewsNorth.com. You can follow him on Twitter @RandyRusson   Interview on Noah Carroll Canes and Coffee: What is Noah Carroll’s role for The Soo thus far for the 2017-18 season? Randy Russon: He plays a key role on a team with several veteran defensemen including the high-scoring likes of Connor...
2018 MIDTERMS: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

2018 MIDTERMS: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

After a couple stops in Finland for “Midterms” articles on goalie Eetu Makiniemi and forward Eetu Luostarinen, the series returns to the the NCAA ranks in the United States for an update on Max Zimmer who is the sixth and final college player in the Hurricanes prospect pool.   Max Zimmer Zimmer was the Hurricanes’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Continuing with the common theme for the forward prospect pool, Zimmer is another player who projects well in terms of the combination of size/strength and skating ability. Zimmer made the jump straight from USHL into his freshman season for 2016-17 without the extra USHL preparation that is common for NCAA players. He finished the 2016-17 season with three goals and six assists in 35 games and is now in the midst of his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin.   Interview with Ethan Levy from The Daily Cardinal About the interviewee Ethan Levy (Twitter=@E_Levy3) is a student at UW-Madison. He writes for The Daily Cardinal, one of the student newspapers and has been covering the Men’s Hockey team for the last two seasons.    Interview on Max Zimmer Canes and Coffee: Now in his sophomore season, what has been Max Zimmer’s role for Wisconsin thus far during the 2017-18 season? Ethan Levy: Zimmer has played in multiple different roles this season. He has played on lines 1-4, used both as a skilled player and a grinder who forechecks strong and creates offense off the dump and chase. Zimmer was not really used on the powerplay earlier in the season, but has been playing on the second...
Monday Coffee Shop: Blue Monday

Monday Coffee Shop: Blue Monday

Monday’s Daily Cup of Joe entitled, “What now?” takes on a similar theme, has another viewpoint on where to go from here and already has a discussion in progress, so please also stop there if you can stomach more Hurricanes hockey today.   As I post this, the Carolina Hurricanes are being bag skated at PNC Arena (courtesy of Twitter feed from Cory Lavalette from the North State Journal). Following Bill Peters’ salty post-game press conference after Sunday’s deflating loss, there is no other official news out of 1400 Edwards Mill Road yet. The group on the ice is still the same set as Sunday’s game. Francis has not said anything publicly, and no players have yet been recalled from Charlotte. Peters’ comments after practice might offer an indication of the lineup changes that he said would happen for Tuesday’s game. Against that backdrop, it is hard to make the Monday Coffee Shop more than doom and gloom without being rightfully accused of ignoring today’s reality. So here we go…   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Will the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes make the playoffs? Yes. The team is still within a point of the playoffs, and a rebound is coming. No. Continued inconsistency at a critical time is the telltale indicator that it ends the same. View Results  Loading ...   Who shoulders the most blame right now? Ron Francis. His miss on the goalie selection and inability to address scoring are the top factors. Bill Peters. Sure the team is imperfect, but he just is not getting enough out...