Menu of reading lists for 2017 Carolina Hurricanes draft selections

Menu of reading lists for 2017 Carolina Hurricanes draft selections

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) Stelio Mattheos — Third round (#73 overall) — Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Eetu Makiniemi — Fourth round (#104 overall) — Finland Brendan De Jong — Sixth round ( #166 overall) — Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Ville Rasanen — Seventh round (#197) — Finland   Go Canes!...
Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt19): Speculating on draft floor trade situation

Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt19): Speculating on draft floor trade situation

If you are checking in with Canes hockey for the first time in awhile during the 2017 NHL Draft weekend and can use some reading to catch up, check out one or both of our clickable menus of Hurricanes hockey reading. First up is a long series of articles focused on building the Carolina Hurricanes 2017-18 roster building. Second in line and timely for today is our 2017 NHL Draft coverage series if you want to catch up. If you just want the latest and greatest, on the draft front, here is a preliminary reading list to get acquainted with the Hurricanes 2017 first-round pick, Martin Necas. And here is an expert panel free form mock draft. On the trade and roster-building front, here are part 1 and part 2 analyzing the Hurricanes’ trade for defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on Thursday.   That trade and roster-building front is the subject of this Saturday NHL Draft day article.   What we know 1) The Hurricanes are still in the market for a difference-maker at forward. I pegged this as priority #2, behind adding only a goalie, back on May 31. Exactly who Francis likes and is targeting, what discussions he is in, etc. is obviously not public information. But the fact that he is shopping or at least trying to shop is public information. He identified this need in his post-season press conference, and Michael Smith from the team website tweeted late Friday night: ” Francis said trade talks ongoing, especially re: acquiring a forward. “Hopefully if we get something that we like we can do that tomorrow.” Of course there are no...
Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft central

Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft central

With the expansion draft, regular NHL draft and then free agency all about to launch in rapid succession, Canes and Coffee is about to become really busy. Right now, the site is designed to optimally release and display 2-5 articles at a time on the main page and articles go a couple different directions as they age depending on the blog category. For those who want an easy way to see the run of articles focused specifically on the 2017 NHL Draft and the prospects selected in that draft, please bookmark this page or just scroll down the home page to the clickable box underneath the main grid at the top of the web page. This menu will include articles only on the draft and the players selected in the draft, not trades and other events that happen around the draft. See also the companion page “2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes Roster Building Central“ which will include will include links for all articles related to the expansion draft, trades, free agency and just about everything else related to building the the 2017-18 Hurricanes over the off-season. Finally, for those who asked for a simple chronological list of all articles, you can now find a list of ALL articles by post date HERE or by scrolling down the home page to the clickable box right underneath the main grid at the top of the web page.   Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft articles (Most recent first) 6/23/17 — (7) Expert panel mock draft finale 6/23/17 — (6) Matt’s mock draft (cheating off the smart kids) 6/22/17 — (5a) Scouting the United States...
Complete menu of Carolina Hurricanes 2016-17 player and coach report cards

Complete menu of Carolina Hurricanes 2016-17 player and coach report cards

2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes forwards report cards Sebastian Aho Bryan Bickell Patrick Brown Phil Di Giuseppe Elias Lindholm Jay McClement Brock McGinn Andrej Nestrasil Joakim Nordstrom Victor Rask Derek Ryan Jeff Skinner Jordan Staal Viktor Stalberg Lee Stempniak Teuvo Teravainen Thoughts on Lucas Wallmark and Valentin Zykov’s short auditions 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes defensemen report cards Klas Dahlbeck Justin Faulk Ron Hainsey Noah Hanifin Ryan Murphy Brett Pesce Jaccob Slavin Matt Tennyson   2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes goalies report cards Eddie Lack Cam Ward   2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes general manager and coach report cards Ron Francis evaluation part 1 Ron Francis evaluation part 2 Bill Peters  ...
Cam Ward: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

Cam Ward: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

I honestly did not do it intentionally, but perhaps the hockey gods had a hand in dropping the last two 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report cards right into the front end of a holiday weekend where many will miss them. For anyone catching up, a menu of previous player (and also coaching and GM) report cards can be found at the bottom of the article.   Cam Ward’s starting point for the 2016-17 season The 2015-16 season saw the expiration Cam Ward’s 6-year, $37.8 million contract and the potential that the team would have a different starting netminder for the first time in more than a decade. But based on a decent burst of play by Ward in the winter when the team played well and won and possibly because of not liking the other options, Ron Francis chose to bring Ward back on a new two-year contract. In so doing, Francis made the decision to return to a 2015-16 goalie tandem and goalie coach that was among the worst in the NHL by most statistical measures. Ward’s 2015-16 season was actually mixed. Ward started slow, yielding 13 goals on 98 shots for an .867 save percentage as the Hurricanes limped out of the gate with a 1-3 start. But he rebounded fairly quickly yielding on 6 goals on 99 shots through the rest of October for a .939 save percentage. And that up and down trend would continue throughout the 2015-16 season for Ward. When the team finally found its rhythm in December, Ward looked at least good enough in front of a decent hockey team. The Hurricanes won...
Jordan Staal: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

Jordan Staal: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

For anyone catching up, a menu of previous player (and also coach and GM) report cards can be found at the bottom of the article. Jordan Staal’s starting point for the 2016-17 season In his third season with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2015-16, Jordan Staal had his best season wearing red, black and white. His season was nothing special out of the gate, but he was front and center when the team finally found the ignition switch in early December. Flanked by Joakim Nordstrom and Andrej Nestrasil, the line seemingly light on high-end talent and recognized names was the team’s best on many nights during a surge that lasted from early December through late February. Jordan Staal led the way collecting and winning loose pucks in the defensive zone and serving as a one-man break out that regularly carried the puck through the neutral zone and was able to make a play at the offensive blue line to keep possession entering the offensive zone. When the dust settled on the 2015-16 season, Staal had collected a respectable (second on the team) 48 points, reestablished himself as a shutdown center and staked a strong claim to being the Hurricanes’ most valuable player for the season.   Jordan Staal’s 2016-17 season with the Carolina Hurricanes The 2016-17 season started with some uncertainty for Staal. After a serious back injury in late February of 2016, Andrej Nestrasil’s readiness to start the 2016-17 season was in question. Nestrasil ultimately made the opening night lineup but was unable to find the level he played at before his injury. Nordstrom also started slowly, and very...