Preseason Gm3 Vs. Was: Brind’Amour shifts to NHL roster early and Canes win 3rd straight over Caps

Preseason Gm3 Vs. Was: Brind’Amour shifts to NHL roster early and Canes win 3rd straight over Caps

End off offseason / Beginning of new season coffee drive First, a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to Canes and Coffee in the past. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and the site would not exist without your support. With preseason underway, Canes and Coffee is officially starting its fourth year covering Carolina Hurricanes hockey. The site runs on a lean budget and is founded based on a love of our hockey team, but there are still bills and expenses. If you appreciated daily coverage to help get through the long offseason, please consider contributing $4 to a buy a cup of coffee as a thank you. If you are looking forward to another full season of daily Canes coverage, please consider contributing $4 to buy a cup of coffee to help fuel what lies ahead. Tips are welcome too. 🙂 Contribute HERE.   A quiet emphasis on winning? A subtle but I think significant story about the Hurricanes game Friday against the Capitals occurred even before the game started when the lineup was posted. Normal timing would see this third game be the final for certain AHLers and prospects to make an impression before a big round of cuts to stock the Charlotte Checkers training camp that starts on Monday. With only eight assigned to the AHL on Friday, the team still has a large roster in tow, but the lineup on Friday was very, very close to what Canes fans will see on opening night. Other than #2 goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, there was not a single player in the lineup who is not at least competing...
Preseason Gm2 Vs. Tam: Canes pick up where they left off in 6-1 win over Bolts

Preseason Gm2 Vs. Tam: Canes pick up where they left off in 6-1 win over Bolts

For the second consecutive night, the Carolina Hurricanes handed the Tampa Bay Lightning a loss by a wide margin. Wednesday’s final tally was 6-1 Hurricanes. This might sound odd, but I actually thought Hurricanes were a decent amount better on Tuesday. Timely finishing and three power play goals ran up the score, but the Hurricanes were sluggish early and sloppy intermittently throughout. But at least for stretches, the pace and aggressiveness were there on Wednesday. Doing things a bit differently, I will hop straight to player notes and try to cover the recap in the process:   Warren Foegele The best summary might be these two Tweets: 4/? Really like Warren Foegele. More than any other young player fighting for a spot, I think he epitomizes what Brind'Amour hockey is supposed to look like. https://t.co/cV0BpanMeR — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) September 20, 2018 When I try to picture the good version of what Rod Brind’Amour hockey would look like, Warren Foegele is it. He very much reminds me of the 2005-06 version of Justin Williams with a little more size and probably even speed but maybe a tiny bit less offensive ability. He just constantly skates hard to get into plays and engage pucks/players such that he is a royal pain to play against on the forecheck and in the neutral zone. The question with him is how much he can produce offensively at at the NHL level, but I think at a minimum, he is the 2020 prototype of a physical depth forward with skating and enough offensive ability to contribute. He is built for today’s NHL with...
Preseason Gm1 @Tam: Canes kids and grinders roll to 4-1 win over Tampa Bay All-Stars

Preseason Gm1 @Tam: Canes kids and grinders roll to 4-1 win over Tampa Bay All-Stars

Brief recap of Hurricanes 4-1 win over the Lightning As is often the case for road games early in preseason, the home team has a number of the top players dressed to play in front of the home crowd and skip some of the preseason travel, and just the opposite the road team travels without many of its top players and instead with a young group. That was exactly the case on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay with the Lightning icing what would figure to be the superior team on paper. But the paper meant nothing. The Hurricanes dictated play and were the aggressor pretty much from the outset. The young forward group to a man, attacked the puck and took away space especially on the forecheck and in the neutral. The result was a strong start in terms of puck possession and minimal pressure 5v5 on the defense and the goalie. Combined with a shaky first period from Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead. First, tryout defenseman Michal Cajkovsky made the most of his chance to suit up in a NHL uniform when he scored through a Morgan Geekie screen to put the Canes up 1-0. Cajkovsky. He looked you the next coming of Brent Burns for most of the first period playing much of the period creeping down to the top of the face-off circle to support the puck and then firing at will when it arrived. He had a least five first period shots, mostly of a good quality. Then Lucas Wallmark beat Vasilevskiy cleanly on a soft goal to...
Traverse City Gm3 vs. Clu: Canes prospects get beaten wire to wire in 4-1 loss to Blue Jackets

Traverse City Gm3 vs. Clu: Canes prospects get beaten wire to wire in 4-1 loss to Blue Jackets

Calling it like it is, Monday’s third game of the Traverse City prospects tourney was a disappointment. The Blue Jackets team was noticeably physical early to make a point and then mostly outplayed the Hurricanes throughout. There was a smattering of good individual plays, but the closest the Hurricanes came to any sustained push was probably only 5-6 shifts early in the second period before that dissipated into more of Columbus being the aggressor. Perspective is important. This is mid-September hockey with a team pulled together with minimal practice and also a sizable group of players who are not even part of the organization. So reading too much into a single game or even the whole tourney can be overdone. That said, a game was played and as such, we might as well glean what we can from it. At a general level, the issues were team-wide. The team had nowhere near the jump that Columbus had especially early, and similar to Saturday’s loss to Chicago the team had issues trying to advance the puck out of its own end with any kind of pace. My usual player notes will focus primarily on the positives mixed into a tough night.   Jeremy Helvig Despite allowing three goals, I thought Helvig held up well under siege and with some sloppy play in front of him. He has a good knack for using his large frame to play into shots and enough athleticism that he is a good first shot goalie. Like many young goalies, he has a ways to go in terms of rebound control, and ideally he will also...
Traverse City Gm2 vs. Chi: Sluggish Baby Canes sputter to 5-2 loss against the Blackhawks

Traverse City Gm2 vs. Chi: Sluggish Baby Canes sputter to 5-2 loss against the Blackhawks

If you missed it yesterday, a similar lengthier article recapping Friday’s 4-1 win over St. Louis can be found HERE.   On Saturday afternoon, the Hurricanes prospects played their second of three round robin games against the Blackhawks. The game started inauspiciously with the Hurricanes largely hemmed in their own end against an aggressive forecheck and struggling to advance the puck. But Jake Bean single-handedly relieved pressure to some degree and a couple power play opportunities and a 5-on-3 goal for seemed to right the ship. But the Hurricanes never really did shake off the sloppiness, played too much of the game under duress and ultimately fell 5-2. The story of the game was the fact that the Hurricanes had little answer for an aggressive foreceheck. The combination of turnovers and just spending too much time in their own end eventually did them in. I had to check out at about the midway point of the third period, so my comments are based only on about 50 of the 60 minutes of hockey. Quick player notes are below:   Andrei Svechnikov He picked up two points in the opener on Friday, but I actually thought Saturday’s game offered a better glimpse of his future in a Hurricanes uniform. He fired a laser of a wrist shot into the net for his first goal against opposition in a Hurricanes sweater. He also hit a post on another shot also from the vicinity of the right face-off circle. Looking forward into 2018-19, could be be a right wing sniper on the right side of Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen? It is...
Traverse City Gm1 vs. StL: Canes roll to 4-1 win over Baby Blues in prospect tourney opener

Traverse City Gm1 vs. StL: Canes roll to 4-1 win over Baby Blues in prospect tourney opener

The Carolina Hurricanes prospect team started strong in the Traverse City tourney on Friday afternoon. Facing a Blues team that also rates high for its prospect pool, the Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, survived a sluggish second period and ultimately prevailed 4-1 in their tourney opener.   Carolina Hurricanes scoring (someone chime in if I missed an assist as their is no official score sheet that I am aware of) Goal 1: Morgan Geekie from Stelio Mattheos and Luke Henman Henman made a nifty play to get the puck to Mattheos in space on the rush. Mattheos fed Geekie who beat the goalie while steaming in just right of center. Goal 2: Julien Gauthier from Andrei Svechnikov and Stelio Mattheos (I believe) The play started with Bean at the top of the umbrella feeding Mattheos on left side who made a nice pass through the seam to find Svechnikov for a quick wrist shot. Gauthier was parked in front and deposited the loose change into the net. Goal 3: Martin Necas from Janne Kuokkanen and Stelio Mattheos Kuokkanen made a nice play to quickly carry the puck into shooting position from the end line. When the rebound spit out, Necas swooped in to finish. Goal 4: Janne Kuokkanen from Andrei Svechnikov Streaking down the right side on the rush, Svechnikov created a passing lane and then passed across to Kuokkanen who filled the middle lane and finished.   Check in on ‘what I’m watching’ points In case you missed it, my tourney preview is HERE. Many of my watch points featured in Friday’s...