Recap/notes from Canes Prospect Camp scrimmage at Summerfest

Recap/notes from Canes Prospect Camp scrimmage at Summerfest

As has become tradition, Saturday’s Carolina Hurricanes Summerfest featured first-round draft pick Andrei Svechnikov signing his entry-level contract in front of the fans. The team announced unofficial attendance of 4,500, and as expected the day and week offered a fun dose of hockey to help trudge through another long offseason.   Unofficial scoring Note: There is no official scoring, so this is the best I can do from my notes mostly without secondary assists. If someone has corrections or has seen where something more official has been posted, please let me know just link to it in the comments. Goal 1 Red: Luke Stevens made a pretty pass right through the slot to find Morgan Geekie who made no mistake burying it (Helvig in goal). Goal 1 White: Camp invitee Mitch Eliot finds himself in alone and goes around the back, through the legs and close to off the underside of the bar with a circus shot for the highlight reels. Goal 2 Red: Adam Fox dances in the offensive zone before finding Morgan Geekie on the opposite side for another pretty pass and finish (Helvig in goal). Goal 3 Red: Adam Fox is at it again. First he feeds Luke Martin for a slap shot is on net. Then Fox goes to the net, retrieves the rebound and quickly feeds it across to Luke Stevens who finishes. Goal 4 Red: Just to show it was not luck, Fox saves his best for last. On a sort of 3-on-2 rush, he finds himself with the puck again on the left side (where all 3 passes came from). He waited...
‘What I’m watching’ for Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp scrimmage

‘What I’m watching’ for Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp scrimmage

Posted late on Friday, here are my notes from Thursday’s and Friday’s practices in case you missed them. And if you have been away from Canes hockey for the week and are just catching up, here are the other articles so far on the 2018 Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp: My ‘what I’m watching’ preview for the week is HERE. And my notes from Wednesday’s practice are HERE. Saturday’s scrimmage presents the best opportunity to evaluate all of the prospects especially the 2018 draftees in a solid run game-like action. I say “game-like” because while the compete level will be high, checking is toned down a bit. In addition, the format is usually 4-on-4 and even some 3-on-3 which makes the game a bit more wide open than NHL hockey. But nonetheless the scrimmage and the events around it represents hockey fun in the middle of a long hockey-less summer and a chance to see the future of the team. Without further ado, here is ‘what I’m watching’ for Saturday’s scrimmage:   1) Andrei Svechnikov in action He has shown skill and finishing in the drills during the week, but I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do in game-like action with some open ice. Saturday represents an opportunity to put an exclamation point on the and to launch into trying to win an NHL roster spot for the 2018-19 season.   2) Martin Necas Somewhat like Svechnikov, Saturday represents a chance to show that he is in a different league than the younger prospect group. I am also curious to see and hopefully get a read...
Notes from Thursday’s and Friday’s practices for Hurricanes Prospect Camp

Notes from Thursday’s and Friday’s practices for Hurricanes Prospect Camp

If you have been away from Canes hockey for the week, here are the articles so far on the 2018 Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp: My ‘what I’m watching’ preview for the week is HERE. And my notes from Wednesday’s practice are HERE. Once the week wraps up, I will put together a bit more of an organized report with an assessment of most if not all of the players. Until then, here is a collection of notes spanning the Thursday morning split practices (only caught half of the first one), Thursday evening and Friday morning.   Martin Necas in a league of his own skating-wise Necas continues to have a strong camp. He especially shined a pair of battle type drills in small spaces on Friday. One goal featured 2-on-2 battles from the end wall up to the face-off circles. The other saw mostly 2-on-2 battles on a short rink inside the neutral zone. Necas’ ability to use his skating to make space, separate and gain an advantage in such a small area was stunning. I have taken to calling him “swoops” with my kids in reference to his ability to turn sharply and seemingly start to accelerate while still turning. The result is ability to change direction, cover a bunch of ice in a hurry and create space away from a defender. On another topic, Necas and Michael Fora were the last two off the ice after Friday’s practice with Jack Drury also part of their group and leaving a couple minutes earlier. While some of the players mostly mull around in that post-practice time, Necas was hard...
Notes from Wednesday practice for Canes Prospect Camp

Notes from Wednesday practice for Canes Prospect Camp

Practices for the Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp kicked off on Wednesday night with a reasonably fast-paced 45-minute practice followed by about 45 minutes of intense power skating training that left the group mostly hands on knees by the end. In case you missed it, I posted a ‘what I’m watching’ style preview for the Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp earlier on Wednesday. Below are my informal player notes from Wednesday’s practice:   Andrei Svechnikov He performed well as the headliner for the event. He did not net a goal in the scrimmage and did not so much stand out scoring-wise in the runs of drills, but he did look to be a level above most of the group and offered flashes of brilliance. In the scrimmage, he had a two plays where he handled the puck in traffic in the slot area and had the vision to find regular line mate Martin Necas for decent scoring chances. His highlight of the night came when he picked up a puck in the neutral zone at the end of a shift with his team changing and had a burst to quickly step between two defenders in a 1-on-2, forge toward the net and get off a good shot. I would not say that he was spectacular on Wednesday, but he showed why he very well could be on any other day this week.   And his partner Martin Necas Necas and Svechnikov were paired together quite a bit in drills and also in the scrimmage and per reports from the team are rooming together this week. As I said on Twitter, I...
‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp — Camp preview

‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp — Camp preview

In addition to all of the commotion around possible trades and free agency right around the corner, Canes fans will be treated to some actual hockey this week. The prospects arrived yesterday and practices which are open to the public begin on Wednesday. The full schedule is HERE. I will add to it as the week rolls on and certainly write more of a game version for the scrimmage on Saturday, but here is the overview version of ‘what I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp.   1) Andrei Svechnikov One of the best parts of this annual event is the chance to get a first glimpse at the newly-drafted prospects. As when Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm were here, Andrei Svechnikov brings another high-end talent who will compete for a roster slot immediately. I always enjoy watching new players just to see their demeanor and personality on the ice and around the other players, and I also like getting a feel for their games and who they remind me of. I am hearing Marian Hossa for Svechnikov, so I will be watching to see if that checks out. In addition, as a player expected to play in the NHL this season, I will be watching to see if Svechnikov looks to be a level above this younger group of players who are not (at least yet) NHL caliber.   2) Jake Bean His case is an interesting. He is a similarly high-pedigree draft pick selected in the front half of the first round but has taken a more step-wise development path playing two years in juniors after...
Carolina Hurricanes draft Andrei Svechnikov — Reading list

Carolina Hurricanes draft Andrei Svechnikov — Reading list

As expected (and hoped by some who feared the team might overthink a good thing), the Carolina used the #2 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to select Andrei Svechnikov. Here is a collection of reading on the right wing from Russia who could compete for an NHL roster spot for the 2018-19 season. My hope is to add more entries once I find time to do additional time digging on Google. If you have read other good articles, please let us know (email, webform or Twitter), so we can add to our library of Andrei Svechnikov summer reading for the Caniac Nation.   Andrei Svechnikov League-wide media Draft profile at TSN written by Daniel Nugent Bowman. Bob McKenzie’s final draft rankings at TSN add an additional layer of detail that suggest that Andrei Svechnikov had separated himself from the group of forwards behind Dahlin and become a unanimous #2. Rory Boylen from TSN.ca offers the 411 on Andrei Svechnikov as part of the site’s series on the upcoming draft prospects. NHL.com’s Mike Morreale interviewed Andrei Svechnikov for his “Five Questions” segment.   Scouting and profiles for Andrei Svechnikov The Draft Analyst actually had Svechnikov ranked #1 when writing its profile in September before the 2017-18 season began. Andrei Svechnikov’s draft profit at CHL.ca has a short video with a nice mix of interview, commentary from others and a few highlights. Scott Rosenheck offers a detailed profile of Andrei Svechnikov at FanSided’s The Canuck Way. Peter Harling from Dobber Prospects offers a profile with some notes from Svechnikov’s 2017-18 season.     Local coverage Interview by Mary Dunleavy...