Assessing the Carolina Hurricanes goalie prospects

Assessing the Carolina Hurricanes goalie prospects

In case you missed it, yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe offered my assessment and rankings of the Carolina Hurricanes blue line prospects. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe continues down that path and offers a quick assessment and ranking of the Carolina Hurricanes’ goalie prospects.   Graduated with honors from the junior level/still working to make the grade at the AHL level (3) Alex Nedeljkovic, Callum Booth and Jeremy Helvig From the draft classes back a few years, the Hurricanes have three goalies who wrapped up Canadian Hockey League careers on high notes and made the jump to the AHL level with high marks at the previous level. Alex Nedeljkovic was the first to make the jump for the 2016-17 season. After a stellar juniors career and similarly strong play in international play, some luster came off of Nedeljkovic’s star after a rough transition to the AHL level in 2016-17. But he rebounded with a better season behind a strong team in 2017-18 and regained some optimism in the process. Callum Booth followed a year behind Nedeljkovic in 2017-18. He played primarily in the ECHL, so he has yet to truly be tested at the AHL level. Finally, Jeremy Helvig will join the group in the professional ranks after finishing up a strong career in the OHL. All three of these goalies have NHL potential and did about all one could hope before jumping to the AHL. All three are in different stages of mastering the AHL level and making a case for being an NHL goalie. Though none are a sure thing, having three goalies with NHL potential in...
Assessing the Carolina Hurricanes defensemen prospects

Assessing the Carolina Hurricanes defensemen prospects

After some time to digest the latest chance to evaluate the younger part of the Carolina Hurricanes’ prospect pool at prospect camp in late June, today’s Daily Cup of Joe attempts to make sense of the blue line portion of the group. With Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce and Haydn Fleury already up at the NHL level and Noah Hanifin already departed from the group, I like to think of the prospect pool across two categories — nearness to being ready and potential ceiling. The first aims to measure ability to help soon, and the second measures the potential to find an impact player or two. I have started to group the Hurricanes’ blue line prospects into three fairly broad categories:   Near-term NHL depth (2) Roland McKeown and Trevor Carrick For players who have proven themselves at the AHL level and seem ready or near-ready to step into the NHL at least in a depth role and be serviceable or better, I count two players – Roland McKeown and Trevor Carrick. McKeown always seems to find a higher gear in NHL action be in preseason to prove a point or in the regular season when given a chance. He burst onto the professional scene by more or less winning the last defenseman roster spot at the NHL level before the 2016-17 season. Ron Francis thought better of it and added depth defensemen off the waiver wire, so McKeown could log a ton of ice time in Charlotte and continue his development. I do not see his ceiling as being as high as some of the other players, but I...
Summer School – Class of 2018: Lenni Killinen (Finland – Assat, Liiga)

Summer School – Class of 2018: Lenni Killinen (Finland – Assat, Liiga)

With a new round of prospects on the team, timing is perfect to thank Jamie Kellner for providing the vast majority of the photo content used at Canes and Coffee. You can find Jamie on Twitter at @jbkellner and can visit her photo site HERE.   This article starts into what will be an intermittent series that will ultimately provide ‘from the rink’ insight on all of the newest Carolina Hurricanes prospects. In addition to this article, please also check the companion ‘Reading List’ article for Lenni Killinen that includes links to external articles about Lenni Killinen.   Lenni Killinen Killinen was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft. Killinen continues the Hurricanes run of selecting a Finnish forward in the draft in each year dating back to an auspicious start with Sebastian Aho’s selection in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft. As a good skater with a projectable NHL frame and enough skill, Killinen is maybe a bit raw at this early stage of his development, but he has a high ceiling for a mid-round draft pick.   Interviewees Marco Bombino (Twitter=@marco_bombino) is a Finnish prospect analyst for McKeen’s Hockey and FinnProspects. He also has his own website finnishjuniorhockey.com that provides information on Finnish prospects playing in juniors and at the pro level. He has previously worked for Future Considerations, Over The Boards and Dobber Prospects. Jokke Nevalainen (Twitter=@JokkeNevalainen) is a Junior Associate Editor at DobberProspects.com. There he focuses mostly on European prospects, especially the ones playing in Finland and Sweden.   Interviews on Lenni Killinen Canes and Coffee:...
Summer Reading List – Lenni Killinen (4th round of 2018 NHL Draft)

Summer Reading List – Lenni Killinen (4th round of 2018 NHL Draft)

Below is a reading list for Carolina Hurricanes prospect Lenni Killinen who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft. See also Canes and Coffee’s ‘Summer School’ article on Killinen which features ‘from the rink’ insight/interviews from two Finland-based scouts who see Killinen regularly.   Lenni Killinen Killinen was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft. Killinen continues the Hurricanes run of selecting a Finnish forward in the draft in each year dating back to an auspicious start with Sebastian Aho’s selection in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft. As a good skater with a projectable NHL frame and enough skill, Killinen is maybe a bit raw at this early stage of his development, but he has a high ceiling for a mid-round draft pick.   Lenni Killinen reading list FinnProspects offers this profile with some scouting details on Killinen’s 2017-18 season in Finland. Finnish Junior Hockey included Killinen in its top 15 Finnish players last summer. Andrew Schnittker from Canes Country profiled Killinen in this article that also includes a quote from Hurricanes Scouting Director Tony MacDonald.   Go...
Guest Article by Brandon Stanley — Canes Prospect Development Camp Notes: The SvechNecas Show

Guest Article by Brandon Stanley — Canes Prospect Development Camp Notes: The SvechNecas Show

In 2017 when I was away for part of the week for prospect camp, a couple other writers were generous enough to step in and cover some of the practices. To add another viewpoint to the 2018 coverage, Brandon Stanley generously agreed to share his viewpoint on the camp. On a day for double prospect camp viewpoints, you can also find part 1 of Matt’s final recap HERE.   Brandon Stanley Brandon Stanley is a communication media student at NC State. He grew up playing hockey locally in the Jr. Canes organization and other local Raleigh Youth Hockey Association teams from the age of 9 until 18. There is very little that he is more passionate about than the game of hockey. He admittedly spends an unhealthy amount of time looking at stats, prospects, power rankings, and whatever else he can find, so Prospects’ Camp was a nice little taste to hopefully help hold him over until October.   Brandon’s thoughts on the 2018 Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp I’ll admit: I was excited about last year’s camp. There were studs preparing to begin their professional careers that I was high on like Nicolas Roy, Julien Gauthier, Janne Kuokkanen, and Warren Foegele. There were intriguing, newly drafted youngsters like Morgan Geekie, Stelio Mattheos, Luke Martin, and a thin, but lightning quick kid named Marty Necas. And there was hope in the building that the group of young men on display would help pull our beloved Carolina Hurricanes out of the doldrums of the Metropolitan Division and back into hockey relevancy. But that excitement and buzz was nothing compared to what...
Individual player notes from Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp: Part 1-Jake Bean to Lenni Killinen

Individual player notes from Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp: Part 1-Jake Bean to Lenni Killinen

I wrote two-thirds of my closing player notes from the Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp shortly after it ended and then spent the rest of the next week being interrupted by Canes news (Mrazek=> de Haan=> van Riemsdyk) and also family time around the holidays. So a bit belated, here is part 1 of 2 of individual notes for all 22 of the Carolina Hurricanes prospects who attended prospect camp. Also check out also another viewpoint from Brandon Stanley HERE.   Jake Bean I am on record as being less high on Jake Bean’s schedule/nearness for NHL-readiness than most who track or write about the Carolina Hurricanes. I would not say that I am biased. I evaluate players based on what they do, not what I expect them to do. But I am admittedly difficult for Bean to impress simply because I am so focused on the defensive part of his game that is not his natural strength. Especially in the scrimmage and playing alongside fellow offensive defenseman Adam Fox, Bean was as advertised knowing where and when to step into the play offensively. He did not look bad defensively in the scrimmage or otherwise, but the thing that still jumps out at me about his game is his propensity to just keep backing up when under pressure. That is a recipe for trouble against NHL forwards who use the space to generate offense. In closing, all of the upside of Bean’s offensive game is still intact. Playing with the puck on his stick with room to assess as he goes, joining the rush as a third or fourth option...