IIHF World Championship Caniac Rankings: Several Hurricanes Lighting it Up

IIHF World Championship Caniac Rankings: Several Hurricanes Lighting it Up

Hooray for Hurricanes hockey in May! Or at least several Hurricanes playing hockey in May. As you’re likely well aware, six and a half Hurricanes are plying their trade at the IIHF World Championships in France. FYI, Lack is the half because so far he has been sitting on the bench in a baseball cap. Now you may have also heard that the Hurricanes are flat out dominating in the IIHF World Championships. While it should be acknowledged that the World Championships are where all the non-playoff teams from every league send their players, this dominance is still 100% factual. Our Hurricanes are owning the tourney. Now, since there are other fine sources reporting on said dominance, and I’m feeling very lazy about formatting, we’re just taking the Canadian juniors Prospect Rankings format, and transposing it to the World Championships. Here are the 1st Canes and Coffee International Caniac Power Rankings   1. Jeff Skinner 3 Goals – 4 Assists – 7 Points in 3 Games It’s always a treat to watch Jeff Skinner do Jeff Skinner things, even if he is in a slightly unfamiliar style of red, white, and black. Skinner has been scorching so far, tallying 3 goals and 4 assists in just 3 games. He is tied for 2nd in the tournament in scoring behind Artemi Panarin. Counting +/- is always shady, but Skinner still leads all tournament skaters with a ridiculous +8. Then again, it does tend to be helpful when you’re playing on a line with Nathan McKinnon and Claude Giroux, while playing against the likes of Belarus and Slovenia. Regardless, treat yourself today and type...
Hurricanes Prospect Update: The Rise and Fall of Julien Gauthier

Hurricanes Prospect Update: The Rise and Fall of Julien Gauthier

It’s finals time in juniors hockey. Two teams remain in each of the QMJHL, OHL and WHL, with the teams fighting for their league’s coveted spot in the all-league Memorial Cup later this month. Luckily for us hockey-deprived Caniacs, there are still four Carolina prospects rocketing around the rinks, trying to bring their teams glory. We’ll go into all of this in the rankings, but to begin we give a tip of the cap to all the prospects whose teams have fallen despite their best efforts. Names like Lorentz, Kuokkanen, Bean…and new to that list – Nicolas Roy. His last week on our Prospect Playoff rankings has him sitting currently as the top scorer among Hurricanes prospect with 21 points. The valiant efforts these four, and the other Hurricanes prospects, put forth for their teams may have come up short, but they serve to highlight the continued excellence of those still active. And so, without any more needless rambling, let’s get to the rankings:   Hurricanes Prospect Playoff Rankings   1. Warren Foegele – Erie Otters 9 Goals – 10 Assists – 19 Points in 18 games I will admit it. I was disappointed by Warren Foegele’s stat-line this season. He’s barely a PPG player; how is that good? Well, what Foegele lacks in prolific scoring, he makes up for in outstanding consistency. And when the lights are brightest, Foegele continues to be at his absolute best. He has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games, helping Erie finish off Owen Sound, and then jump out to a 2-0 series lead in the final against Mississauga....
Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: It’s Crunch Time in Canada

Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: It’s Crunch Time in Canada

After starting out with a full 10 prospect power rankings, we are down to just six Hurricanes draftees still active north of the border. Our top prospect last week, Janne Kuokkanen was called up to Charlotte following London’s elimination from the playoffs. While he did not see the ice in playoff action for the Checkers, it’s good that he’s getting this time to integrate early with the team. Jeremy Helvig and Noah Carroll’s teams were also eliminated. As for the players still in the playoffs, we’re now in the semi-finals in all leagues. Let’s see how the Hurricanes prospects are stepping up in crunch time.   1. Steven Lorentz – Peterborough Petes 9 Goals – 7 Assists – 16 Points in 12 games. What a difference a week makes. After not losing a game in the first two rounds, Lorentz’ Petes team was swept by Mississauga. Lorentz led the Petes anemic offense with 4 points in those 4 games, and still gets the top spot, because Peterborough only scored 4 goals in those three games. In simpler terms, Lorentz carried that offense. Probably the most fun prospect to follow, I will be sad not to write about Lorentz next week. Still,  it’s like someone, somewhere out there is listening to me. Congrats on the ELC, Steve! The Checkers will be much better for having Lorentz on the team.   2. Nicolas Roy – Chicoutimi Saguenéens 8 Goals – 10 Assists – 18 Points in 15 games Roy and his game 2 game-winner were the first chinks in Saint John’s armor, and Chicoutimi is giving the Sea Dogs a far bigger fight...
Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: TL;DR…It was a real good week

Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: TL;DR…It was a real good week

Thursday at Canes and Coffee is taking on a “the future is bright” theme. Check out also part 1 of Jordan Futrell’s Charlotte Checkers playoff series preview HERE, and come back and look for part 2 mid-day on Thursday. If you haven’t already, please help us prepare for the 2017-18 season by completing a short survey and considering a modest financial contribution.   I love nerding out on hockey. It’s just such a fun sport any way you look at it. Especially when the statistical research shows how awesome the Hurricanes prospect pool is right now. The number of prospects in this week’s Power Rankings has dropped to nine (bye, Jake Bean). Trying to rank the Top 5 this week was especially problematic, as multiple Hurricanes prospects decided to step up their games in the last week, and really deliver for their teams in the playoffs. Suffice it to say, that’s a very good problem to have. Let’s get to it:   1. Janne Kuokkanen – London Knights (Last week #3) 10 Goals – 6 Assists – 16 Points in 14 games London was just eliminated by Warren Foegele and the Erie Otters (more on that below), but there is no way London pushes this series to 7 games without Kuokkanen. He carried London’s offense throughout the playoffs, finishing with three more goals and four more points than the 2nd highest Knight. He was also a finalist for OHL Player of the Week. Breaking News: As I’m posting this, the Checkers have added Kuokkanen to the playoff roster. I believe he’s still CHL-bound next year, but as London is done,...
Hurricanes Prospect Update: Top 10 Canadian Juniors Playoff Performances

Hurricanes Prospect Update: Top 10 Canadian Juniors Playoff Performances

For “playoff day” at Canes and Coffee, please also check out Jordan Futrell’s update on the Checkers’ playoff chase and Matt Karash’s Canes NHL playoff guide featuring draft pick implications and a roundup of former Hurricanes players in the NHL postseason.   I don’t know about you all, but I’m not at all ready for hockey to be done. Luckily in addition to our surging AHL team, Canes nation still has 10 prospects still active up in Canadian juniors, where the playoffs are in full swing. I was initially going to include the college prospects too, but wouldn’t you know it, not a single Canes college prospect made the NCAA tournament. Not even David Cotton’s Boston College and they are usually disgustingly consistent like that. Still, entirely for the purposes of this article, this is a good thing, because now I can easily format this Hurricanes prospect playoff update into a convenient Top 10 list. RANDOM SLIGHTLY UNRELATED BREAKING NEWS There’s the first move. Ron Francis says that David Marcoux’s contract will not be renewed. #Canes — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) April 12, 2017 So let’s not draw this out: Here’s how the Hurricanes’ Canadian juniors prospects are faring with the lights glaring, ranked entirely on my subjective statistical analysis.   1. Steven Lorentz – Peterborough Petes 6 Goals – 4 Assists – 10 Points in 7 games. Yeah, this wasn’t the first name you expected to see on this list, was it? Well, Lorentz has been the top scorer for a Peterborough team that hasn’t lost yet. They swept Niagara in Round 1 of the OHL playoffs and...