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...
2018 MIDTERMS: Eetu Makiniemi (Jokerit U20, Junior A – SM-liiga, Finland)

2018 MIDTERMS: Eetu Makiniemi (Jokerit U20, Junior A – SM-liiga, Finland)

Canes and Coffee’s “Midterms” series continues with the second of three stops in Finland. In case you missed it, Friday’s update featured Finnish forward Eetu Luostarinen. Here you can also find a menu with clickable links for all six of the “Midterms” articles completed thus far.   Today’s “Midterms” article checks in on Finnish goalie Eetu Makiniemi.   Eetu Makiniemi Continuing Ron Francis’ trend of adding at least one goalie in each draft, Eetu Niemi was the Hurricanes’ selection in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Makiniemi hails from Finland where he played on Jokerit’s U20 team in 2016-17 and finished the season with a 2.68 goals against average and .908 save percentage. He is continuing his development with Jokerit’s U20 team again for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Marco Bombino from FinnProspects About the interviewee 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.   Interview on Eetu Makiniemi Canes and Coffee: Can you please provide a short summary of Eetu Makiniemi’s 2017-18 season thus far playing for the Jokerit U20 team? Marco Bombino: Makiniemi has been carrying a heavy workload as the clear-cut number one goalie for Jokerit U20 this season. He has been the starting goalie in 35 of 43 regular season games. Although Jokerit failed to make the Top 10 after the qualification games, I do not see this being Makiniemi’s fault as he didn’t get...
2018 MIDTERMS: Eetu Luostarinen (KalPa, Liiga, Finland)

2018 MIDTERMS: Eetu Luostarinen (KalPa, Liiga, Finland)

On on the prospects front, today’s Daily Cup of Joe reviewed the six Hurricanes prospects at the NCAA level. You can also find and bookmark the menu for the “Midterms” series which will be updated with clickable links as we work through the rest of the Hurricanes sub-AHL prospect pool. After making five of six stops to check in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects playing at the NCAA level for the 2017-18 season, the “Midterms” series will hop across the pond for our first stop in Europe. The stop is in Finland which is the native home of NHLers Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, AHLer Janne Kuokkanen and three Finnish players drafted in the 2017 NHL draft. Up first is forward Eetu Luostarinen.   Eetu Luostarinen Selected in the second round of the 2017 NHL draft, Eetu Luostarinen follows an interesting and promising lineage of Finnish forwards selected in the second round. First was Sebastian Aho in 2015, and next was Janne Kuokkanen in 2016. Luostarinen is of course his own man, but he does bring some of the same playmaking and hockey sense possessed by his fellow countrymen. He was a rapid riser during his draft year going from off many charts up into the second round. In 2016-17, he split his time between U20 and men’s professional hockey in Finland and finished with three goals and four assists in 32 games at the higher level. Luostarinen is playing for KalPa in the SM-Liiga in Finland for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Jokke Nevalainen from Dobber Prospects About the interviewee Jokke Nevalainen (Twitter=@JokkeNevalainen) is a fantasy hockey writer...
2018 MIDTERMS: Luke Martin (University of Michigan, NCAA)

2018 MIDTERMS: Luke Martin (University of Michigan, NCAA)

Today, Canes and Coffee’s “Midterms” series continues its check ins on the Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level. Following Jack LaFontaine at the University of Michigan, David Cotton at Boston College, Luke Stevens at Yale University and Matt Filipe at Northeastern University, today’s edition stays in the college ranks and provides an update on 2017 draftee and University of Michigan defenseman Luke Martin. Luke Martin Luke Martin was one of two Carolina Hurricanes’ draftees in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Martin is a big defenseman whose foundation is solid defensive play and physical play. He has been a regular on Team USA in international tournaments and played the 2016-17 season at the University of Michigan where he is a sophomore for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Ben Katz from The Michigan Daily About the interviewee Ben Katz (Twitter handle=@benkatz27) is a hockey beat writer for The Michigan Daily, the independent student newspaper of the University of Michigan. He writes multiple times per week about every aspect of Michigan hockey, from game stories to sidebars to features. A link to his many articles from the 2017-18 season, which have been read by hundreds of readers weekly, can be found at his author profile at The Michigan Daily.    Interview on Luke Martin Canes and Coffee: Now in his sophomore season, what has been Luke Martin’s for Michigan thus far during the 2017-18 season?  Ben Katz: Despite changing defensive pairings to find the right chemistry on the blue line, Martin has adapted well to playing with anyone from junior Joseph Cecconi to freshman Quinn Hughes, and has been...