Canes March Madness Bracket #1: Biggest moves in building the 2018-19 lineup

Canes March Madness Bracket #1: Biggest moves in building the 2018-19 lineup

In the spirit March Madness and the fun of brackets, Canes and Coffee will be running a series of mini-tournaments on the Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season thus far. First up is a bracket detailing the Hurricanes series of moves to build the current lineup. When one considers all of the changes that occurred starting with the end of the 2017-18 season to the current roster, the transformation is stunning. Only 10 players remain less than a full season later. The sheer volume of significant moves. The brackets include eight transactions, but that does not even include the trade of Jeff Skinner, leadership moves naming Brind’Amour coach or Williams captain, moving Sebastian Aho to center or the draft lottery win of Andrei Svechnikov. Early on, the various moves seemed to be a mixed bag, but given time and viewed under the light of the January turnaround, the series of moves looks increasingly close to perfect. Though each and every one of these moves deserves its share of credit in the current winning trajectory, just for fun this bracket takes a shot at determining which were most critical.   Please remember to click vote after each individual poll response.   Biggest roster moves -- Match up #1 Claiming Curtis McElhinney off of waivers to replace an injured Scott Darling. Lucas Wallmark and Warren Foegele making the opening day roster out of training camp. View Results  Loading ...   Biggest roster moves -- Match up #2 Pulling off a blockbuster trade at the end of the draft adding Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox in exchange for Elias Lindholm and...
The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2b of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2b of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

After a bit of a delay for the burst four games in six nights to kick off the season, here is part 2b of 2 predicting over or under for individual Canes players for the 2018-19 season. We also challenge everyone to log one outlandish prediction in the comments below, so we can look back in May or June and mostly chuckle but also hopefully find a couple brilliant predictions. Part 1 which is HERE was more team focused. Part 2 had players Sebastian Aho through Martin Necas.   Carolina Hurricanes over/under polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Petr Mrazek -- 40 starts -- With the opening available, can he establish himself as the Canes #1? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Brett Pesce -- 28 points -- In his fourth season, does he find a higher gear offensively (or just continue to be a stalwart stay-home D which is fine too)? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Victor Rask -- Depth or Return to Significant Role -- Where does Victor Rask fit into the new lineup once he returns? He plays a significant role playing center and anchoring a solid line. He is passed by the youth and returns only as forward depth. View Results  Loading ...   Jaccob Slavin -- 40 points -- Like Pesce, can Slavin find a higher gear offensively in his fourth year, or is he destined to just be top-end on the defensive side of the puck? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Jordan Staal -- 50 points -- Is he destined to continue...
The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2a of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2a of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

Today’s Coffee Shop is the second of two parts to officially reopen The Coffee Shop for the 2018-19 season. If you missed it yesterday, you can find part 1 which includes a set of polls which are focused mainly at the team level (and you can see if readers think the team will make the playoffs). Today’s polls focus primarily on individual player performance for the 2018-19 season.   Carolina Hurricanes over/under polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Sebastian Aho -- Points=68 -- Is he ready now to take the next step up scoring-wise? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Scott Darling -- .910 Save Percentage -- Can Darling rebound at least to respectable levels? Over (over means beats .910 and is >.910) Under (under means misses .910 and...
The Coffee Shop Reopens!  1 of 2: Team-level predictions for the 2018-19 season

The Coffee Shop Reopens! 1 of 2: Team-level predictions for the 2018-19 season

A short season preview series kicked off on Tuesday afternoon. If you missed that article, you can find it HERE.   Nowadays, the conversation happens pretty much on a daily basis in the Daily Cup of Joe article, but with the 2018-19 season now only a day away, the official Coffee Shop reopens today with a set of polls and discussion questions. Today’s Coffee Shop is part 1 of 2 with part 1 focusing on the team in total. Part 2 which will be up in the next day or two will have a set of polls on individual player performance.   Carolina Hurricanes polls on team performance Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Do the 2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes make the playoffs? Yes. No. View Results  Loading ...   Of the 16 teams in the Eastern Conference, where do the Hurricanes finish? 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th View Results  Loading ...   Which youngster finishes with the highest point total? Warren Foegele Martin Necas Andrei Svechnikov Lucas Wallmark Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who will be the team's 2018-19 most valuable player? Scott Darling Petr Mrazek Justin Faulk Dougie Hamilton Jaccob Slavin Sebastian Aho Jordan Staal Teuvo Teravainen Justin Williams One of the rookies Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions   1) What are the top one or two factors that will determine if the 2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes make the playoffs?   2) Who has team-level predictions (players will be a separate...
Counting goals for the 2018-19 season (with player by player polls)

Counting goals for the 2018-19 season (with player by player polls)

A simplified look backward at the 2017-18 season, offers the following deficits to be overcome hopefully on the path to a return to the playoffs: For the 2017-18 season, the Hurricanes scored 225 goals as compared to 237 for 16th place Los Angeles for a 12-goal shortage. (General idea is that 16 teams make the playoffs, so in simplified terms that is a playoff cut line offensively.) And for the 2017-18 season, the Hurricanes allowed 253 goals as compared to 238 for 16th place Washington for a 15-goal shortage. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe addresses the scoring side of the ledger in trying to tally up scoring totals for a projected lineup.   Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   The scoring line Sebastian Aho (31 goals vs. 29 in 2017-18) Aho finished with 29 goals in his sophomore campaign. While I do think Aho has upside yet from his 29 goals and 69 points in 2017-18, I think it requires a either a higher-end third line mate or chemistry that helps boost the line. As such, I put Aho at a modest increase despite the potential for significantly more.   Sebastian Aho - 31 goals Sounds right Higher Lower View Results  Loading ...   Teuvo Teravainen (25 goals vs. 23 in 2017-18) Somewhat similar to Aho, I think the next leg up for Teravainen requires a third that clicks for their line. That is usually how point per game lines work, and I do not think it is any different here. As with Aho,  I will give Teravainen a modest boost from the previous season....
Open forum for Carolina Hurricanes draft day discussion

Open forum for Carolina Hurricanes draft day discussion

If you are just checking in, you can find part 4 of my 4-part 2018 NHL Draft week series (and links to the first 3 parts) HERE. This post will be left open for reader discussion and updates during the draft. ——————————–   Saturday 8:40am  update On Friday, the Canes avoided overthinking a good thing, picked Andrei Svechnikov and in the process added a player with a high probability of being a high-end scorer. Otherwise, the first day of the draft was a quiet one in terms of actual activity for the Hurricanes and the league as a whole. Jeff Skinner’s name reared up again. Elias Lindholm also joined the fray, but both players are still on the Hurricanes roster as of Saturday morning. Most interesting on the trade front was a deal that sent Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik (salary dump) to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick. A few minutes after the deal was announced, I said on Twitter: That's an interesting deal, and one that could have made sense for #Canes. Orpik at $4.5M (actual) is a salary dump it's only 1 year and might another grizzled veteran help with the locker room reset? And then Grubauer costs only a 2nd-rounder. Interesting… https://t.co/5agvUXQbxT — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) June 22, 2018 A few hours later in his parting comments at the end of the night, Luke DeCock said not only was it interesting, but that the Hurricanes were actually in on this deal. Canes offered earlier second-rounder than Colorado for Grubauer and were willing to take Orpik's contract (not permanently, presumably, for obvious reasons) — but...