Back to School – Class of 2015: Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes, OHL)

Back to School – Class of 2015: Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes, OHL)

For anyone looking to catch up on the ‘Back to School’ series covering the Hurricanes prospects below or just graduating to the AHL level, you can find a clickable menu that includes the previous 18 ‘Back to School’ articles HERE.   Today’s entry in the ‘Back to School’ series is the second from the ‘graduating class’ of players who are moving up to the AHL level. The first graduate was Aleksi Saarela; up today is Steven Lorentz.   Steven Lorentz Steven Lorentz is a great story as a seventh-round draft pick from the 2015 NHL Draft who beat the odds and earned a professional contract. Lorentz is a power forward who just finished his fourth year with the Peterborough Petes in the OHL. In 2016-17, he netted 29 goals and collected 32 assists in 66 games while also serving as one of the Petes’ alternate captains. He is already in training camp in Charlotte and is slated to spend the 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Checkers.   Interview with Peterborough Petes Head Coach Jody Hull About the interviewee Jody Hull has been the Head Coach for the Peterborough Petes since assuming that role in December of 2012. Jody is a Petes alumnus and also a veteran of 831 games at the NHL level. His full bio can be found on the Peterborough Petes web site.   Interview on Carolina Hurricanes prospect Steven Lorentz Canes and Coffee: Please briefly describe Steven Lorentz’s four-year career with the Petes and what he meant to the team and hockey community both on and off the ice? Jody Hull: Steve’s career was interesting; he...
Back to School – Class of 2015: Aleksi Saarela (Lukko, Finnish Liiga – Finland)

Back to School – Class of 2015: Aleksi Saarela (Lukko, Finnish Liiga – Finland)

For anyone looking to catch up on the ‘Back to School’ series covering the Hurricanes prospects below or just graduating to the AHL level, you can find a clickable menu that includes the previous 17 ‘Back to School’ articles HERE.   With ‘Back to School’ articles completed for all of the players expected to play below the AHL level in 2017-18 (we will see if Martin Necas makes the original list wrong), today’s ‘Back to School’ article is the first to look at “the graduating class” of nine Hurricanes prospects who are expected to make the jump to the AHL level for the 2017-18 season.   Aleksi Saarela Aleksi Saarela is one of the least seen of the Hurricanes prospects who have been part of the organization for awhile. Saarela was  second-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in the 2015 NHL Draft who was acquired in the Eric Staal trade. His skill set is that of a skilled forward with great wheels and sniper skills with the puck on his stick. Saarela has been developing in the Finnish Liiga and did not play in the prospect camp or Traverse City tourney during either of the two years since being acquired because of injuries, so his participation in the current NHL training camp is his first appearance in Raleigh. In 2016-17, he had 15 goals and 13 assists in 49 games for Lukko in the Finnish Liiga before an eye-catching 9-game stint in the AHL in Charlotte at the end of the season. His ten points in only nine AHL games no doubt drew attention. If he does...
Back to School – Class of 2015: Luke Stevens (Yale University, NCAA)

Back to School – Class of 2015: Luke Stevens (Yale University, NCAA)

If you are just returning with the start of preseason, you can find a clickable menu that includes the previous 16 ‘Back to School’ articles HERE.   After many emails and re-emails, Twitter direct messages and a few phone calls, we have officially completed the first leg of the ‘Back to School’ series. With the article on Luke Stevens today, updates are now available for all 17 of the Hurricanes prospects (including Martin Necas who is looking like maybe he was miscategorized :-)) who are expected to play below the AHL level for the 2017-18 season. Next up will be the ‘graduating class’ of eight players who will move up to the AHL to play for the Charlotte Checkers in 2017-18.   Luke Stevens Forward Luke Stevens was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft. He brings good NHL size at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 205 pounds, skill and NHL pedigree with a father who had a successful NHL career. Stevens just completed his freshman season at Yale University. His season was cut short by an injury, but he finished the campaign with two goals and three assists in 17 games.   Interview with Kevin Wickersham from Dobber Prospects About the Interviewee Kevin Wickersham (Twitter=@KWCrosscheck) serves as a senior writer and columnist in addition to covering the USHL beat for Dobber Prospects, writes Dobber Hockey’s weekly Wild West column, and will be assuming managing editor duties for Goalie Post this fall. He also contributes prospect analysis and NHL coverage regularly for My NHL Trade Rumors and has launched his own website Wix Hockey that focuses on...
Back to School – Class of 2016: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL)

If you are just returning with the start of preseason, you can find a clickable menu that includes the previous 15 ‘Back to School’ articles HERE.   After a bit of an intermission for the start of training camp, our ‘Back to School’ series returns today with a trip to Ontario to check in on Hurricanes prospect and Sault Ste. Marie defenseman Noah Carroll.   Noah Carroll Noah Carroll was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft. His skill set is that of a skating, puck-moving defenseman with good mobility. After developing as a younger player with the Guelph Storm, he was a trade deadline acquisition for Sault Ste. Marie where he provided veteran depth in the top 4 for the end of the season and the playoffs. His combined totals for 2016-17 were 25 points in 62 games, and we was a noticeable plus 15 in 30 games with Sault Ste. Marie and also plus 3 in 11 playoff games. He has already been returned to Sault Ste. Marie for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Sault Ste. Marie Associate Coach Joe Cirella About the Interviewee Joe Cirella is an Associate Coach with the Sault Ste. Marie Grehyounds and is entering his sixth season with the team. Prior to joining the Soo Greyhounds, Cirella coached in the NHL ranks with the Florida Panthers and also coached for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL for seven years. Prior to coaching, Cirella logged 14 seasons as an NHL defenseman. In 828 games in the NHL, he had 64 goals and 211 assists.   Interview on Noah Carroll...
Back to School – Class of 2016: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

If you are catching up, Max Zimmer is the 15th article in the ‘Back to School’ series which is checking in on all of the Carolina Hurricanes prospects either below the AHL level or just moving up the AHL for the 2017-18 season. You can find a clickable menu of the previous articles HERE.   Today’s ‘Back to School’ article returns to the NCAA ranks and makes the first stop back in the Midwest with a check in on University of Wisconsin forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Max Zimmer.   Max Zimmer Zimmer was the Hurricanes’ fourth-round pick in the recently completed 2017 NHL Draft. Continuing with the common theme for the forward prospect pool, Zimmer is another player who projects well in terms of the combination of size/strength and skating ability. Zimmer made the jump straight from USHL into his freshman season for 2016-17 without the extra USHL preparation that is common for NCAA players. He finished the 2016-17 season with three goals and six assists in 35 games.   Interview with Wisconsin Head Coach Tony Granato About the interviewee Tony Granato is in his second season as the Head Coach for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team. He joined Wisconsin after 13 years as either an assistant or a head coach at the NHL level, including three years as the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche and his most recent stint as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to his coaching career, Granato’s accolades and accomplishments as a player included a 13-year NHL career, four 30-goal seasons in the NHL, an Olympic appearance...
Back to School – Class of 2016: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs, WHL)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs, WHL)

If you are returning after a summer off just in time for the Carolina Hurricanes training camp, HERE is a clickable menu of the previous ‘Back to School’ articles on Hurricanes prospects below (or just moving up to) the AHL level.   Today’s entry in the ‘Back to School’ series makes the sixth and final stop in the Western Hockey League, checking in on Spokane Chiefs forward Hudson Elynuik.   Hudson Elynuik Selected in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft, Hudson Elynuik represented a strong combination of pedigree, physical attributes and pre-draft accomplishments. He easily had an NHL frame at 6 feet 5 inches tall, and his father had a 9-year NHL career. In 2016-17, Hudson Elynuik played a great WHL scoring line that also featured Kailer Yamamoto and Jaret Anderson-Dolan who were selected in the first and second rounds respectively in the 2017 NHL draft. Elynuik finished his 2016-17 season with the Spokane Chiefs with 29 goals and 44 assists in 64 games.   Interview with Spokane Chiefs General Manager Scott Carter About the Interviewee Scott Carter has been the general manager of the Spokane Chiefs since assuming that role in September 0f 2016. Carter has over 28 years of experience as a hockey scout, business manager and entrepreneur. From 1987 to 2015, he worked as a regional professional and amateur scout for three National Hockey League franchises – Vancouver, Anaheim and Toronto – scouting the Western Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League.     Interview on Hudson Elynuik Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Hudson Elynuik’s strengths as a player and NHL prospect?...