Canes players most impacted by the 2019-20 season’s abrupt halt

Canes players most impacted by the 2019-20 season’s abrupt halt

Where has the time gone? It has now been almost exactly three months from when the 2019-20 NHL season was abruptly halted by COVID-19. That sudden shutdown had all kinds of impacts on players’ 2019-20 seasons and in some cases possibly even career trajectories. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe looks at the Carolina Hurricanes players most impacted by the shutdown.   Potential impacts to career trajectories In general, great players who are are capable of being difference makers in the NHL find their way to where the belong. Injuries, crowded depth charts, coaches who do not give enough leeway to young players and other obstacles are always there even in a normal NHL environment. I do think that how these thinks shake out can play a significant role for players whose abilities puts them at the fringe of the NHL and AHL. But for players who have enough ability to be a difference-maker at the NHL level, I mostly think they will find their way. But that said, the current situation is truly unprecedented and the potential does exist to alter the trajectory for a few players who sit at the cusp of the NHL.   Morgan Geekie It is difficult to believe that Morgan Geekie played only two games at the NHL level, but what a two games it was. He posted two goals and an assist and factored in on another goal in a fun 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins for his NHL debut. Then two days later he followed it up with another goal in another resounding win over the Detroit Red Wings. If one...
On the brink — Jake Bean and Alex Nedeljkovic

On the brink — Jake Bean and Alex Nedeljkovic

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe steps away from the to be determined, hopefully, maybe status of the 2019-20 season as players return to the ice in small groups hopefully building toward a late summer 2020 NHL Playoffs. Instead of the uncertain here and now, today’s Daily Cup of Joe looks at the most immediate future for the Canes prospect pool. Last summer, the team mostly opted not to pay a premium for veterans like Patrick Brown, Trevor Carrick and others who played key roles in winning the Calder Cup. The team also parted ways with a couple prospects in Nic Roy and Aleksi Saarela who were potentially at the edge of NHL readiness. The combination of moves saw a significant changeover in terms of Canes personnel at the AHL level, but arguably the changes were from players who either did not fit long-term and/or were unlikely to be more than depth NHL players. But now on the clock for the Canes prospect pool are two players with higher pedigree and significant potential upside.   Jake Bean First is Jake Bean who is fresh off of being named the AHL defenseman of the year after a stellar sophomore campaign in Charlotte. For a player drafted in the top half of the draft, his development has been more step-wise than explosive. He played both of his remaining years in juniors after being drafted in 2016 and has now logged two years at the AHL level with only a handful of NHL games. That gradual development puts him behind the type of players who emerge more rapidly. From Bean’s 2016 NHL Draft...
An initial look at the Carolina Hurricanes versus New York Rangers

An initial look at the Carolina Hurricanes versus New York Rangers

For those who missed it, Canes and Coffee made its return from COVID-19 hiatus on Monday. That article started with some personal thoughts on George Floyd and racism in our society and closed with thoughts on the odd 2020 NHL draft situation. You can find that article HERE. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a first, quick look at the Canes match up against the New York Rangers if/when NHL hockey resumes and jumps straight into the playoffs.   Recent results are not promising In 2019-20, the Hurricanes lost to the Rangers in all three match ups by 4-2, 3-2 and 5-3 scores. On top of that, the Hurricanes have traditionally struggled against Henrik Lundqvist. At least on paper, the Canes drew a tough first-round match up. A few notes from the three 2019-20 losses: –The difference in the games which is often the case in the playoffs was the teams’ top players. In three games, Artemi Panarin had 3 goals and 5 assists, Mika Zibanejad had 3 goals and 1 assist. –The Rangers young legs seemed to match up well against the Hurricanes. In large chunks of all three games, the Rangers were the aggressor and had the ice tilted toward the Canes’ net. –With the changing of the guard in process, it is not certain who the Rangers would start, but Lundqvist has historically been a problem for the Canes.   A playoff experience advantage? Only a year ago, the Hurricanes were riding a decade-long playoff drought and had very little in the way of playoff experience heading into the series against the Washington Capitals. The results...
George Floyd, the Canes and Coffee COVID-19 hiatus and a re-kick off of Canes coverage

George Floyd, the Canes and Coffee COVID-19 hiatus and a re-kick off of Canes coverage

George Floyd and a vote against racism in any form From its very beginning, Canes and Coffee has with incredible consistency been solely focused on Carolina Hurricanes hockey. Both the site and the Twitter handle have stayed the course of being a reprieve from the problems and contentious issues in our world. I challenge any of the long-time readers to count more than a handful of digressions into social issues, politics or anything else that was not related to Canes hockey. In general, that will not change. Social, political and other world topics will not become a regular entry here. That is not because those issues are not important but rather because that is not what this site is for. But with my wife out of town and my kids mostly occupied with their own stuff, I spent a significant part of my weekend thinking about the George Floyd murder and the resulting chaos that has unfolded over the weekend across our country. Though it is off-topic for this site, I feel personally compelled to say something because I feel like we all have a role to play in building a better world. Per my comments below, increasingly not saying anything actually says something too. In very simple terms, racism in any form is wrong. Though it is not pleasant to consider, the volume and effects of racism are much more significant than those of us who are white and privileged care to recognize especially if we do not wish to spend time being troubled with something that does not too often affect us directly. If there has been...
Dreaming of max Hurricanes

Dreaming of max Hurricanes

With the 2019-20 season hanging in doubt, the season could potentially become a missed opportunity for older teams whose potential to hoist the Cup will decrease in the coming years. But the Carolina Hurricanes are very much a team whose future chances will likely be better than the team’s chance in 2019-20. For that to become true requires the Hurricanes to improve from being a team battling at the edge of the playoff cut line to being a team in the next tier. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe speculates on what it takes mostly from the current roster for the Hurricanes to rise into the top tier of teams in the NHL that are expected to compete for the Stanley Cup.   On defense A tiny bit more offensively is always welcome, but for defensive anchors Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin, I think they really just need to keep doing what they have been which is be stalwart defenders and the leaders for two capable defense pairings. I question whether Dougie Hamilton’s scoring pace from 2019-20 is sustainable, but I think simpler for Hamilton is just repeating the basics of what he did in 2019-20. He boosted the offensive from the bak line at even strength, on the power play and as a bonus in overtime, and equally importantly his lapses defensively were minimal such that he was a bona fide top 4 defenseman defensively while being elite offensively. Exact goal and point totals for Hamilton are not as important as just being a difference-maker offensively and defensively. Hamilton is only signed through the 2020-21 season, so being part...