Recap/notes from Canes Prospect Camp scrimmage at Summerfest

Recap/notes from Canes Prospect Camp scrimmage at Summerfest

As has become tradition, Saturday’s Carolina Hurricanes Summerfest featured first-round draft pick Andrei Svechnikov signing his entry-level contract in front of the fans. The team announced unofficial attendance of 4,500, and as expected the day and week offered a fun dose of hockey to help trudge through another long offseason.   Unofficial scoring Note: There is no official scoring, so this is the best I can do from my notes mostly without secondary assists. If someone has corrections or has seen where something more official has been posted, please let me know just link to it in the comments. Goal 1 Red: Luke Stevens made a pretty pass right through the slot to find Morgan Geekie who made no mistake burying it (Helvig in goal). Goal 1 White: Camp invitee Mitch Eliot finds himself in alone and goes around the back, through the legs and close to off the underside of the bar with a circus shot for the highlight reels. Goal 2 Red: Adam Fox dances in the offensive zone before finding Morgan Geekie on the opposite side for another pretty pass and finish (Helvig in goal). Goal 3 Red: Adam Fox is at it again. First he feeds Luke Martin for a slap shot is on net. Then Fox goes to the net, retrieves the rebound and quickly feeds it across to Luke Stevens who finishes. Goal 4 Red: Just to show it was not luck, Fox saves his best for last. On a sort of 3-on-2 rush, he finds himself with the puck again on the left side (where all 3 passes came from). He waited...
Notes from Wednesday practice for Canes Prospect Camp

Notes from Wednesday practice for Canes Prospect Camp

Practices for the Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp kicked off on Wednesday night with a reasonably fast-paced 45-minute practice followed by about 45 minutes of intense power skating training that left the group mostly hands on knees by the end. In case you missed it, I posted a ‘what I’m watching’ style preview for the Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp earlier on Wednesday. Below are my informal player notes from Wednesday’s practice:   Andrei Svechnikov He performed well as the headliner for the event. He did not net a goal in the scrimmage and did not so much stand out scoring-wise in the runs of drills, but he did look to be a level above most of the group and offered flashes of brilliance. In the scrimmage, he had a two plays where he handled the puck in traffic in the slot area and had the vision to find regular line mate Martin Necas for decent scoring chances. His highlight of the night came when he picked up a puck in the neutral zone at the end of a shift with his team changing and had a burst to quickly step between two defenders in a 1-on-2, forge toward the net and get off a good shot. I would not say that he was spectacular on Wednesday, but he showed why he very well could be on any other day this week.   And his partner Martin Necas Necas and Svechnikov were paired together quite a bit in drills and also in the scrimmage and per reports from the team are rooming together this week. As I said on Twitter, I...
Gm82 Vs. Tam: Canes finish in high note with 3-2 overtime win over the Lightning

Gm82 Vs. Tam: Canes finish in high note with 3-2 overtime win over the Lightning

Thoughts and prayers continue to go out to everyone affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on Friday. I happened upon the news on Twitter when writing my game preview and went to sleep with a pit in my stomach and awoke with the same on Saturday. I just cannot fathom what that community is going through right now.   Somewhat fittingly, Saturday’s 2017-18 season finale was a bit of sloppy slog through the rain and mud just like the season in total. Mother nature was not cooperative for those capitalizing on the last chance to tailgate for Canes hockey until next fall. But on the ice and looking narrowly at Saturday’s event, the game was a success. In my opinion, the biggest target of getting Sebastian Aho to 30 goals was not achieved, but the Hurricanes played a good hockey game in total and beat a Tampa Bay Lightning team that is bound for the playoffs and importantly was playing a game with playoff seeding ramifications. Jordan Staal got things off to a start early when a fortuitous bounce saw him fling the puck across the front of the net but carom off of Ondrej Palat’s skate and into the net. Justin Williams added another odd goal when he fired into an open net from the far boards shortly after a Noah Hanifin shot saw Jordan Staal and Phil Di Giuseppe creating chaos in front and toppling the goalie (which why the net was open). The Lightning proceeded to claw back slowly with a goal in the second period and another in the third period that pushed the...
Gm81 @Phi: Canes fall 4-3 to Flyers’ push for a playoff spot

Gm81 @Phi: Canes fall 4-3 to Flyers’ push for a playoff spot

Thursday’s match up between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia figured to be tough sledding for the Hurricanes against an opponent that needed to win at least one and possibly two of its last two games to secure a playoff spot. And that is how the first period played out on the ice, but interestingly in a reversal of Canes’ fortunes, the period featured the same inversion of shot metrics versus scoreboard. The Flyers came out with exactly the intensity that one would have expected, generally drove play and piled up a 15 to 7 shots on goal advantage in addition to clanging two shots off of goal posts. But between some luck from the pipes and Scott Darling starting well, the Hurricanes somehow emerged from the first period with a 2-1 lead. Klas Dahlbeck scored his first of the season when the Flyers failed to sort things out off the rush with players changing such that Dahlbeck received a second pass inside the offensive zone and had time to skate into a label a shot past Flyers goalie Brian Elliott. Michael Raffl struck back when the Hurricanes were beaten up the ice off the rush. But Sebastian Aho scored his 29th of the season on soft goal that banked off the side of the goalie on a rebound on a Valentin Zykov shot. The period wrapped up as a mirror image of a usual Hurricanes first period with a big shot disadvantage but a lead from a couple break downs by the opponent and some opportunistic scoring. The second period was mostly more of the same, as the...
Gm79 Vs. NYR: Canes fall 2-1 to Lundqvist and the Rangers on Sebastian Aho showcase night

Gm79 Vs. NYR: Canes fall 2-1 to Lundqvist and the Rangers on Sebastian Aho showcase night

On Saturday, beautiful weather and a holiday weekend offered potentially the best opportunity for spring tailgating until the team tries again in 2018-19 for a return to the premium version that includes playoff hockey. With both teams out of the playoff chase closing out March, the game had minimal significance in the standings which left fans looking for story lines. At PNC Arena there was a goalie match up between Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Ward to go with the continued tracking of the emerging Teravainen/Aho/Zykov line. And on television, the game was dubbed Sebastian Aho “showcase” night with features and interviews on the young star. Perhaps inspired by the competition at the other end of the rink, the first period shaped up as goalie battle. The Hurricanes had some good chances early but were stoned by Lundqvist. Then Ward returned the favor later in the first period when the Rangers mounted some offense. The period finished in a scoreless tie with Ward and Lundqvist owning the day. Early on the second period slogged along with sloppy and sluggish play without much worth noting. But along the way another round of the Hurricanes’ intermittent defensive break downs crept in and gave the Rangers chances and ultimately the lead. The first Rangers goal came when the Hurricanes managed to get four defenders to the same side of the ice without enough attention to detail marking opposing players and a fifth maybe too narrowly focused on his assignment who was not dangerous. More directly, Teuvo Teravainen lost track of Ryan Sproul who stepped uncontested into the slot and Sebastian Aho though not...