Carolina Hurricanes-centric Canadian Hockey League playoff preview

Carolina Hurricanes-centric Canadian Hockey League playoff preview

While loyal Canes fans are watching game #74 of the team’s 2017-18 season at PNC Arena on Thursday night, the battle for the Mastercard Memorial Cup will commence for multiple Canes prospects playing in the Canadian Hockey League. For those looking to track the CHL playoffs in some detail, I highly recommend the following sites:   Great sources for Canadian Hockey League coverage DUBNetwork is the gold standard for in-depth Western Hockey League coverage. With five Hurricanes prospects populating the WHL playoffs, bookmark DUBNetwork at least until the CHL playoffs are over. Similarly, Brock Otten from OHLProspects fame penned a thorough preview of the OHL playoff match ups with predictions for each for McKeen’s Hockey.   Western Hockey League (5 prospects) Tri-City Americans vs. Kelowna Rockets (Jake Bean, Morgan Geekie) If you want to pick one team to pull for in the CHL playoffs, look no further than the Tri-City Americans. The team features Canes 2016 first-rounder Jake Bean and 2017 third-rounder Morgan Geekie among its best players and leaders. The playoffs will be the last run in juniors for Jake Bean who will move up to the professional ranks for the 2018-19 season. As an overage draftee, Morgan Geekie could also be signed and move up to the AHL level next season, but as a 2017 draftee, the potential is there to stay in the WHL as an overage player in 2018-19 with the Hurricanes still maintaining his draft rights. Jake Bean is an offensively gifted defenseman who figures to fuel the Americans’ offense from the back end, and Morgan Geekie is the team’s leading scorer, so check the box...
2018 MIDTERMS: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane, Western Hockey League)

Today’s entry is #15 out of what will hopefully be a complete set of 17 prospects below the AHL level. You can find the full set of clickable links in the menu page HERE. Today’s update on Spokane Chiefs forward Hudson Elynuik also completes the tour of five stops in the WHL and a total of seven in the Canadian Hockey League leaving only two stops in Europe to complete the set of 17 players for the “Midterms” series.   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 has an NHL frame at 6 feet 5 inches tall, and his father had a 9-year NHL career. In 2016-17, Hudson Elynuik played on 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 and has returned to Spokane for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Kevin Dudley from The Spokesman-Review About the Interviewee Kevin Dudley (Twitter=@k_dudley) is a freelance writer covering the Spokane Chiefs for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. He also went to high school with Spokane native and Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Derek Ryan.    Interview on Hudson Elynuik Canes and Coffee: What has been Hudson Elynuik’s playing situation thus far for the 2017-18 season? Kevin Dudley: Elynuik centers a line with Zach Fischer on his right wing an Riley Woods on his left. That...
2018 MIDTERMS: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston, Ontario Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston, Ontario Hockey League)

Today’s entry is #14 out of what will hopefully be a complete set of 17 prospects below the AHL level. You can find the full set of clickable links in the menu page HERE. After completing four of five stops in the Western Hockey League, our “Midterms” series heads east and makes the second of two stops in the Ontario Hockey League to check in on goalie Jeremy Helvig.   Jeremy Helvig Jeremy Helvig was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft after being bypassed in the 2015 draft. Helvig boasts NHL size at 6 feet 4 inches tall and 207 pounds and is also credited for above average athleticism and quickness for his size which is a great starting point for developing into an NHL netminder. With Alex Nedeljkovic and Callum Booth already slated to fill two of the three goalie slots for the AHL and ECHL (and veteran AHLer Jeremy Smith added to fill a third), Helvig has returned to Kingston in the OHL to play as an overager. Helvig is playing to earn a professional contract for the 2018-19 season.   Interview with Allan Etmanski, pre-game host for Kingston Frontenacs television About the interviewee Allan Etmanski (Twitter=@allanetmanksi) is a recent cancer survivor and former hockey player turned sports broadcaster/reporter who hails from Wellington, Ontario and currently resides in Kingston, Ontario. Currently, he can be heard calling games for the Kingston Voyageurs of the OJHL and the RMC Paladins of the OUA, while hosting a pre-game show for the Kingston Frontenacs television broadcasts and filling in for other roles when needed. Allan has called action...
2018 MIDTERMS: Brendan De Jong (Portland, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Brendan De Jong (Portland, Western Hockey League)

For those who have not been tracking the “Midterms” series that is checking in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, you can find a clickable link to the most recent article on Jake Bean and also the previous 13 articles in this Menu. Up next is the fourth of five stops in the Western Hockey League for a check in on defenseman and 2017 draftee Brendan De Jong.   Brendan De Jong Defenseman Brendan De Jong from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League was the Carolina Hurricanes sixth round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. What jumps out first about De Jong is his size. He is still in the process of filling out his frame, but his starting point at 6 feet 5 inches tall, he already has NHL height. During the 2016-17 season, De Jong scored eight goals and had 23 points in 72 games. He is again playing for the Porland Winterhawks in the WHL for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Brandon Rivers from DUBNetwork About the Interviewee Brandon Rivers (Twitter=@hodgesheroes) covers US Division WHL teams for DUB Network and also contributes at Seattle Sin Bin from SBNation.   Interview on Brendan De Jong Canes and Coffee: What has been Brendan De Jong’s playing situation thus far for the 2017-18 season? Brandon Rivers: Brendan De Jong has been a relied upon d-man this year for Portland. He spent much of the year playing with 20-year-old and team captain Keoni Texeira and still plays with him on the penalty kill. He has played quite a bit recently with Dennis Cholowski, who was a first round...
2018 MIDTERMS: Jake Bean (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Jake Bean (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

If you have some catching up to do on our “Midterms” series that checks in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, you can find a menu with a clickable link to the most recent article on Stelio Mattheos and all of the previous 11 articles HERE. Today’s update stays in the Western Hockey League that is home to five Canes prospects and checks in on defenseman Jake Bean who joined fellow Canes prospect Morgan Geekie with the Tri-City Americans after being traded from the Calgary Hitmen where Bean spent his junior career. This update focuses on the Calgary Hitmen portion of Jake Bean’s 2017-18 season.   Jake Bean Jake Bean was one of two Hurricanes first-round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft at #13 overall. Bean projects to be a ‘new NHL’ defenseman with high-end skating ability and a skill set to generate offense from the back end off the rush, on the power play and from within the offensive zone. After a long look in the Hurricanes training camp, Bean returned to the Calgary Hitment for the 2017-18 season. He has since played on Canada’s World Junior team and been traded to the Tri-City Americans for the playoff push.   Interview with Tyler Lowey from DUBNetwork and the Strathmore Times About the interviewee Tyler Lowey (Twitter=@tlowey) is the beat reporter for the Calgary Hitmen for DUBNetwork and also the sports editor for the Strathmore Times where he covers a variety of local sports and teams.   Interview on Jake Bean Canes and Coffee: Prior to his trade to the Tri-City Americans how would you summarize Jake...
2018 MIDTERMS: Stelio Mattheos (Brandon, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Stelio Mattheos (Brandon, Western Hockey League)

The first western stop for Canes and Coffee’s “Midterms” series featured forward Morgan Geekie with the Tri-City Americans. Today’s stop stays in the Western Hockey League and checks in on Brandon Wheat Kings forward Stelio Mattheos.   Stelio Mattheos Stelio Mattheos is one of two WHL forwards (Morgan Geekie was the other) selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Mattheos is a rugged power forward with an offensive tool kit capable of finishing especially around the net. Mattheos projects to be a power forward and capable two-way player at higher levels. In 2016-17, he doubled his previous season point total and finished with 26 goals and 35 assists in 69 games. He returns to the Brandon Wheat Kings for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Perry Bergson from The Brandon Sun About the interviewee Perry Bergson (Twitter=@PerryBergson) is a sports writer at The Brandon Sun who covers the Brandon Wheat Kings and also baseball. He has covered the Brandon Wheat Kings for Mattheos’ entire junior career. While most of his articles are behind the newspaper’s paywall, you can sometimes find his articles on the team’s website. Perry Bergson’s articles on Stelio Mattheos include an early glimpse into Mattheos’ WHL career back in 2015 and an update just before Mattheos was selected by the Hurricanes in the 2017 NHL Draft.   Interview on Stelio Mattheos Canes and Coffee: Can you please summarize Stelio Mattheos’ 2017-18 season thus far. Perry Bergson: After saying in Chicago following the draft that he was out to prove 30 teams wrong for leaving him into the third round, Mattheos...