Sunday Canes Chronicle: New faces edition with 2017 draft class and Trevor van Riemsdyk

Sunday Canes Chronicle: New faces edition with 2017 draft class and Trevor van Riemsdyk

An eventful week for the NHL is nearly completed. First, we went through a few iterations of the expansion draft before it finally yielded a preliminary Las Vegas roster. Then before the smoke had even cleared on the expansion draft, the regular draft and the wheeling and dealing that it brings was only a couple days away. On a Hurricanes front, the team simultaneously avoided losing a player and brokered a deal for Trevor van Riemsdyk who Las Vegas selected from Chicago. Then on Friday and Saturday, the Hurricanes used all of its eight draft choices. Today’s reading list focuses on this week’s group of Hurricanes newcomers including Trevor van Riemsdyk and the new draftees.   Trevor van Riemsdyk Scott Cullen from TSN looks statistically at van Riemsdyk and suggests that the Hurricanes received good value in him. Brett Finger from Canes Country assesses the van Riemsdyk acquisition here. At Canes and Coffee, we offered our initial thoughts on van Riemsdyk and where he fits on the Hurricanes roster. And a second article on the van Riemsdyk acquisition offers a few additional Hurricanes’ angles on the trade.   The Carolina Hurricanes 2017 draft class To help everyone get up to speed on the newest Hurricanes prospects drafted on Friday and Saturday, Canes and Coffee offers a profile and reading list for each player (last two still in process). Martin Nekas — First round (#12 overall) — Czech Republic Eetu Luostarinen — Second round (#42 overall) — Finland Luke Martin — Second round (#52 overall) — University of Michigan Morgan Geekie — Third round (#67 overall) — Tri-City Americans (WHL)...
Matt’s mock draft — Cheating off the smart kids

Matt’s mock draft — Cheating off the smart kids

If you have time to read only one 2017 NHL Draft article at Canes and Coffee today, you are in the wrong place. You should instead spend your time reading the expert panel article HERE. Or even better, stop by “Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Central” where you can find a clickable, chronological list of our series of NHL draft articles that ran all week.   But if you have some extra time leading up to the draft which starts at 7pm Eastern Time, I decided to have some fun trying to do my own mock draft, ‘cheating off the smart kids’ style. I do NOT track NHL prospects all year round and because I have other hockey hobby obligations this year, I do significantly less than even the fans who spend a week or so reading through draft guides and watching Youtube highlight videos. But by by virtue of managing an NHL hockey web site, I was able to pull in a number of smart kids this week with 9 total articles broken out by geography — QMJHL, OHL, WHL, Europe and US. So my attempt at a mock draft is basically borrowing answers (it’s not plagiarism if I note sources right?) from the 9 articles that ran this week. Also note that in browsing some other mock drafts on Friday morning, some of my selections seem to optimistically put players in later rounds than many have them. So if it helps me get at least one pick right, I reserve the right to just move all of my picks forward one round. 🙂   First Round #12:...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Father’s Day double draft (hockey not beer) edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Father’s Day double draft (hockey not beer) edition

Yesterday the expansion draft roster freeze deadline came and went pretty quietly for the Carolina Hurricanes but also for the broader NHL. Only a handful of deals happened and really only one (Drouin to Montreal) that I would consider significant both in the big NHL picture and in terms of Francis’ options to build his 2017-18 roster. But have no fear, we have multiple more rounds of NHL roster movement events and a bunch of calendar time before the puck drops for the 2017-18 season. As I said in my short, post-expansion draft deadline day article with Canes’ upshots, there is no bonus for finishing early, we are still nearly four months from opening day and nearly all of the potential targets for Ron Francis are still in play. And the Hurricanes did make a significant announcement shortly after the expansion draft roster freeze at 3pm when the team announced that it had signed Penguins’ goalie coach Mike Bales. The move is an interesting one. Bales is coming off a four-year run with increasing responsibility in Pittsburgh. He had a direct role in scouting, drafting and developing Matt Murray who is easily the best young goalie story in the entire NHL right now. And he also helped Marc-Andre Fleury get his career back on track over the past couple years. See below for insight as to why a coach with his track record was suddenly available. Today’s Sunday Canes Chronicle created specially to pair with an afternoon beer for dads on Father’s Day has a big reading list of external articles that covers all those bases and more as...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Fireworks ahead — Expansion draft, regular draft, Bojangles and finally back at PNC Arena

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Fireworks ahead — Expansion draft, regular draft, Bojangles and finally back at PNC Arena

With the Stanley Cup Finals dragging out with long two-day gaps between games and doing nothing except increase the non-Pittsburgh hockey world’s hatred for the Penguins and Sidney Crosby, I cannot help but think that a ton of stuff is percolating behind the scenes right now. The unwritten rule in the past has been that the wheeling and dealing did not really start, publicly at least, until the playoffs were over. In most seasons, that worked fine. That schedule left a week or so before the regular NHL draft and there really was not much for deadlines except free agent qualifying offers and buyouts. But the summer of 2017 is significantly different because of the expansion draft. The expansion draft sets a pretty hard deadline for a first round of deals related to it. Once the seal breaks on summer NHL dealing, I think a bunch of deals could pour out pretty quickly. But until then, we are mostly left waiting, wondering and speculating. This week’s batch of external reading has a couple articles pointed in that direction and also a grab bag of other articles.   The expansion draft Matt Larkin at The Hockey News suggests five players who are likely to be traded before the expansion draft. Highlighting the challenges that a few teams will face figuring out who to protect, below are a handful of team profiles. Satchel Price a SBNation details the Anaheim Ducks’ situation. Kevin Wickersham from My NHL Trade Rumors breaks things down for the Minnesota Wild.   The regular 2017 NHL Draft For those already looking forward to the regular 2017 NHL...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: The calm before the storm

Sunday Canes Chronicle: The calm before the storm

With Nashville’s bounce back 5-1 win on Saturday night, the 2016-17 NHL season suddenly has a bit more life. But whether it lasts two more games or the maximum four more, the current season is finally within a maximum of 10 days of being over. And right behind that is a unique off-season that includes the expansion draft on top of the usual draft and start of free agency. Canes and Coffee started in earnest covering the process of building the opening day roster for the 2017-18 this week. Hurricanes’ general manager Ron Francis started the process in earnest when dealt for and signed goalie Scott Darling. Thing will intensify both in the NHL world and at Canes and Coffee over the next couple weeks. While we wait for the fireworks, we have pulled together an eclectic mix of Hurricanes hockey reading to bide time and mostly save the roster building stuff for closer to when most of it will likely happen.   Carolina Hurricanes history Harkening back to yesteryear playoff stories of Hurricanes’ past ‘Down Goes Brown’ includes the Hurricanes 2002 playoff run in a list of the “13 best Cinderella stories of all time.” Brian LeBlanc at Canes Country offers an interesting article that looks at both sides of whether Peter Laviolotte was dismissed too early.   In an interesting article that maybe looks forward to where the Hurricanes’ increasing depth will take them, Kyle Morton at Canes Country offers an interesting take on the evolution of the fourth line in today’s NHL.   Great LOCAL hockey story In a great story about LOCAL HOCKEY, Anne Gomes...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Memorial Day weekend edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Memorial Day weekend edition

I always feel like I should write something meaningful for days like Memorial Day and then go through step-wise process of trying, feeling incapable of writing anything good enough and then just stopping to at least say ‘thank you.’ But this year by virtue of our family visit to Washington, D.C. and the Arlington National Cemetery during my kids’ spring break, I actually have something and will put it up a day early since Monday could an especially light day for hockey reading. Upon coming out of the back door of the visitors’ center at Arlington National Cemetery, one of my sons looked out at the rows of white grave markers in all directions and simply said, “It’s a lot. We should do better to remember this every day.” As simple as it was, I think that captures it pretty well. By no means is the United States of America perfect, but it is our country, and the ideals of our country are still incredibly good. There are thousands of people who have died fighting to protect those ideals. The least the rest of us can do is remember that every day, respect the sacrifices of those who died fighting for those ideals, and fight for those ideals ourselves in whatever small way we can each and every day. Thank you to all who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country and freedom across the world. Thank you also to the many families who have felt the hardship of losing a loved one to this cause. And finally, thank you to all of the great men and women...