Eetu Makiniemi: Hurricanes 2017 fourth-round draft pick (#104 overall)

Eetu Makiniemi: Hurricanes 2017 fourth-round draft pick (#104 overall)

With the #104 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft the Carolina Hurricanes selected Finnish goalie Eetu Makiniemi from the Finnish junior league.   Eetu Makiniemi profile and history The Hurricanes went off the board a bit when they selected Makiniemi in the fourth round. In a deep goalie class, he was not near the top of the list. The 6 foot 2 inch Makiniemi has a good combination of size, quickness and athletic ability and has as good of a chance as any to progress to the NHL level somewhere down the road.   Eetu Makiniemi reading list Clickable links to articles on Eetu Makiniemi. The Draft Analyst had Makiniemi as the 20th-ranked goalie in a deep draft class for the position and slated to be picked in the sixth round.   Have you seen other good articles on Eetu Makiniemi? Please give us a heads up on Twitter, via email or using our comment form, so we can add to our reading list.   Go Canes!...
Stelio Mattheos: Hurricanes 2017 third-round draft pick (#73 overall)

Stelio Mattheos: Hurricanes 2017 third-round draft pick (#73 overall)

With the #73 overall pick in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft the Carolina Hurricanes selected right wing/center Stelio Mattheos from the Brandon Wheat Kings from the Western Hockey League.   Stelio Mattheos profile and history The 6 foot 1 inch, 194-pound right wing/center had strong season stepping a bigger role for the Wheat Kings. Mattheos has a good mix of size and smooth skating ability and very much reminds me of the Hurricanes 2016 forward draft class that included a group from a similar mold with above average size and also above average skating ability. Mattheos projects to be a good two-way forward, but his offensive ability should not be discounted either. On an undermanned Wheat Kings team that lost Ivan Provorov to the NHL and Nolan Patrick for much of the year due to injury, Mattheos rose up. He collected 61 points in 69 games and also represented Canada’s U18 team in the Ivan Hlinka tournament.   Stelio Mattheos reading list Clickable links to articles on Stelio Mattheos. Jackson McDonald from Canucks Army offers a deep profile dive that includes some analytical information and also quotes from a couple scouting services. Kevin Olexson from McKeen’s Hockey provides a detailed scouting report on Mattheos. Ryan Pike from The Hockey Writers offers this profile for Mattheos. Ben Kerr from Last Word on Hockey profiled Mattheos slightly before the draft. Brayden Sullivan from DUBNetwork rated Mattheos as the 14th best WHL prospect for the 2017 NHL draft. Ted Wyman from the Winnipeg Sun interviewed Mattheos from Chicago after he was drafted on Saturday. Have you seen other good articles...
Morgan Geekie: Hurricanes 2017 third-round draft pick (#67 overall)

Morgan Geekie: Hurricanes 2017 third-round draft pick (#67 overall)

With the #67 overall pick in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft the Carolina Hurricanes selected center Morgan Geekie from the Tri-City Americans from the Western Hockey League.   Morgan Geekie profile and history Geekie is an overage player who was eligible for but not selected in the 2016 NHL Draft. After a massive leap from 25 points in 2015-16 up to 90 points in 2016-17, he climbed up the draft rankings and earned his third-round selection by the Hurricanes. Geekie’s rapid rise makes many wonder if he is a player just hitting stride and beginning a significant upward trajectory or a player due to regress back to something closer to his 2015-16. But one thing is clear, the young center’s 2016-17 season was impressive enough that he went from off the draft radar for 2016 to being a third-round selection in 2017. Geekie’s significant improvement in 2016-17 is credited to across the board improvement in skating, offensive play and defensive play. Despite his scoring outburst, he is still a strong player defensively and in face-off circle.   Morgan Geekie reading list Clickable links to articles on Morgan Geekie In his draft profile, Marshall Mackinder from Hockey Now called Geekie one of the most underrated players available. Brandon Rivers from DUBNetwork has a great article on Geekie that includes bits and pieces from an interview quotes from Geekie. The official website of the Tri-City Americans offers a neat interview style profile of Geekie heading into the draft. Ryan Pike from The Hockey Writers wrote this profile for Geekie for the 2017 NHL Draft. Ben Kerr from Last...
Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft recap

Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft recap

After being out of commission Canes and Coffee-wise for the rest of the day after the draft concluded, I have some catching up to do in terms of covering the individual players. There are final or at least partial reading lists up for the first three draft picks. Luke Martin is HERE (with links to the other two.) The remaining draft picks should appear fairly soon.   Addressing the elephant in the room Might as well get it out of the way first. The full draft weekend came and went for the second year in a row without Hurricanes general manager making a trade. Francis is on record as trying to make a deal to land an upgrade at forward. The fan base is clamoring for such a move and leaning about all the way the way off their chairs hoping for it during big weekends like this one. Yet nothing happened. To say that part of me is not disappointed would be a lie. I am pretty firmly in the camp that thinks the path upward offensively comes not so much from incremental gains but rather from one difference-maker capable of being a catalyst for a scoring line. But at the same time, I do not put the Hurricanes in dire straights based on the lack of trade activity this weekend. First, it is important to note that the Ron Francis has made three moves to improve his team and most significantly addressed the biggest need when he made an upgrade in net. He more or less made a trade to keep Lee Stempniak who otherwise seemed destined...
Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Luke Martin

Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Luke Martin

With their second pick in the second round at #52 overall, the Hurricanes selected University of Michigan defenseman Luke Martin. Martin a hulking defenseman.   Luke Martin profile Luke Martin is a University of Michigan defenseman and also a product of the United States Development Program. The first thing that jumps out about Martin is his size. At only 18 years old, Martin already stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 216 pounds. He has work to do to round out and develop his game, but if he does so successfully, he projects to be a big, physical stay-home defenseman who plays with an edge.   Luke Martin preliminary reading list Clickable links to articles on Luke Martin. Zachary Devine from The Hockey Writers profiled Martin on May 12 with a good detailed read. Here is another article from Zachary Devine on Martin before he headed off to the University of Michigan this fall. Winging It In Motown’s ‘coreyWIIM’ profiled Luke Martin on June 2. Avi Sholkoff at The Michigan Daily wrote about Martin’s work with coach Red Berenson. Chris Dilks at SBNation College Hockey assessed Martin on many dimensions for the 2017 NHL draft. Have you seen other good articles on Luke Martin? Please give us a heads up on Twitter, via email or using our comment form, so we can add to our reading list.   Go...