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...
2018 MIDTERMS: Morgan Geekie (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Morgan Geekie (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

After a couple days off amidst the commotion around Hurricanes roster moves late last week, the “Midterms” series continues today with another check in north of the border and the first of five stops in the Western Hockey League for an update on forward Morgan Geekie from the Tri-City Americans. If you have some catching up to do, you can find a clickable menu for the “Midterms” articles HERE.   Morgan Geekie Morgan Geekie is one of the more interesting stories of the Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft class. He was passed over in his first year eligible in the 2016 NHL Draft and then rose up all the way to the third round in the 2017 draft based on a massive scoring surge from 25 points in 66 games in 2015-16 up to 90 points in 72 games in 2016-17. Geekie is a forward who possesses the skill set of a scoring forward. He is again playing for the Tri-City Americans in the Western Hockey League for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Aaron Piper from DUBNetwork About the interviewee Aaron Piper (Twitter=@aaronmpiper) is the DUBNetwork beat writer for the Tri-City Americans and owner of Buried Puck Threads. For Aaron, hockey became cool when he watched Wayne’s World. It became passion after his first (of many) Hampton Roads/Norfolk Admirals’ games in the 90’s. It became life when he started doing video and writing work for the Tri-City Americans. Interview on Morgan Geekie Canes and Coffee: Can you please summarize Morgan Geekie’s 2017-18 season thus far. Aaron Piper: Consistency. Morgan has continued to make himself a part of each game he plays in....
2018 MIDTERMS: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Hockey League)

After completing all six stops in the NCAA ranks and two of four stops in Europe, the “Midterms” series returns to North America and makes its first stop north of the boarder in the Canadian Hockey League, more specifically Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League where we check in on defenseman Noah Carroll. For those who have missed any of the first eight entries checking in on Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, you can find a menu of clickable links here.   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 during the 2016-17 season 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. Carroll is again playing for Sault Ste. Marie for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Randy Russon from Hockey News North About the Interviewee Randy Russon (Twitter=@RandyRusson) is the editor of HockeyNewsNorth.com. You can follow him on Twitter @RandyRusson   Interview on Noah Carroll Canes and Coffee: What is Noah Carroll’s role for The Soo thus far for the 2017-18 season? Randy Russon: He plays a key role on a team with several veteran defensemen including the high-scoring likes of Connor...
2018 MIDTERMS: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

2018 MIDTERMS: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

After a couple stops in Finland for “Midterms” articles on goalie Eetu Makiniemi and forward Eetu Luostarinen, the series returns to the the NCAA ranks in the United States for an update on Max Zimmer who is the sixth and final college player in the Hurricanes prospect pool.   Max Zimmer Zimmer was the Hurricanes’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 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 and is now in the midst of his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin.   Interview with Ethan Levy from The Daily Cardinal About the interviewee Ethan Levy (Twitter=@E_Levy3) is a student at UW-Madison. He writes for The Daily Cardinal, one of the student newspapers and has been covering the Men’s Hockey team for the last two seasons.    Interview on Max Zimmer Canes and Coffee: Now in his sophomore season, what has been Max Zimmer’s role for Wisconsin thus far during the 2017-18 season? Ethan Levy: Zimmer has played in multiple different roles this season. He has played on lines 1-4, used both as a skilled player and a grinder who forechecks strong and creates offense off the dump and chase. Zimmer was not really used on the powerplay earlier in the season, but has been playing on the second...