Back to School – Class of 2016: Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen, WHL)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen, WHL)

If you missed it yesterday, the most recent stop in the ‘Back to School’ series was at Boston College to check in on Hurricanes prospect David Cotton. You can also find a clickable menu of all of the previous entries HERE.   Today’s ‘Back to School’ article visits familiar territory, making the fourth of five visits to the Western Hockey League where we check in on defenseman Jake Bean.   Jake Bean 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. If he does not surprise and make the 2017-18 NHL roster, Bean will return to the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Calgary Hitmen Vice President and Alternate Governor Mike Moore About the interviewee Mike Moore is entering his 21st season in the Western Hockey League and 11th with the Hitmen. His decade of service with the franchise began with a one-year term as assistant general manager in 1997-98. He then served as general manager of the Kamloops Blazers (1998-2004) and Medicine Hat Tigers (2004-05) before spending three seasons as director of athletics with Edge School (2005-08). His return to the Hitmen for the 2008-09 season saw Moore as director of business operations before adding the title of assistant general manager in 2012.  Moore moved to the role of general manager and vice president of business operations in 2013...
Back to School – Class of 2015: David Cotton (Boston College, NCAA)

Back to School – Class of 2015: David Cotton (Boston College, NCAA)

A clickable menu for the previous eleven ‘Back to School’ articles can be found HERE.   After a couple days off, Canes and Coffee’s ‘Back to School’ series featuring reports on sub-AHL Hurricanes prospects from coaches, team management, scouts and media stays in the NCAA ranks and continues with our first check in on the 2015 draft class.   David Cotton David Cotton was the Carolina Hurricanes sixth round draft pick in the 2015 NHL. Cotton matches a familiar theme for many of the Hurricanes forward prospects as a player with good size (6 feet 3 inches tall and 201 pounds), skating ability and offensive skill to boot. After playing for the Waterloo Blackhawks of in the USHL in 2015-16, Cotton made the jump to Boston College and just completed his freshman year of NCAA hockey. He might rank highest among the group of Canes prospects who played NCAA hockey as a freshman in 2016-17 in terms of making the adjustment to playing against older players. He settled in fairly quickly and had a strong half of the year finishing with 24 points in 40 games.   Interview with Boston College Head Coach Jerry York About the interviewee Jerry York is entering his 45th season as a head coach in the NCAA including seven years at Clarkson, 15 years at Bowling Green and 23 years at Boston College where he is currently the Head Coach. York is college hockey’s all-time winningest coach entering the 2017-18 season with 1,012 wins. In his storied career, he was won five national titles and is one of only three coaches to lead two...
Back to School – Class of 2016: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University, NCAA)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University, NCAA)

A clickable menu for the previous eleven ‘Back to School’ articles can be found HERE.   Today’s ‘Back to School’ article checks in on yet another Carolina Hurricanes prospect who will be playing at the NCAA level for the 2017-18 season.   Matt Filipe Matt Filipe was selected by the Hurricanes in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft. Filipe fits within a familiar draft theme as a forward with good size and speed and skating ability that also projects to be NHL-capable. At the age of 19, he is 6 feet 2 inches tall and nearly 200 pounds and covers the full 200 feet of an NHL rink well. He also stood out in the end of week scrimmage for the Hurricanes prospect camp netting a couple goals.   Interview with Joshua Kummins from the New England Hockey Journal About the interviewee Joshua Kummins (Twitter=JoshuaKummins) covers both the Boston Bruins and Hockey East for New England Hockey Journal. The magazine features content on all levels of the game. College hockey is a big part of sports culture in New England, and Joshua notes that he has been watching the sport for as long as he can remember. Joshua has also written for SB Nation College Hockey. When not at the rink, Joshua covers all levels of baseball in the region for sister publication, New England Baseball Journal.   Interview on Matt Filipe Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Matt Filipe’s freshman year in 2016-17 at Northeastern University in total? What were the highlights of his season? Joshua Kummins: Filipe played in all 38 games for Northeastern...
Back to School – Class of 2016: Jack LaFontaine (University of Michigan, NCAA)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Jack LaFontaine (University of Michigan, NCAA)

The clickable menu for the first nine entries of the ‘Back to School’ series on Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level or just moving up to the AHL is HERE.   Today’s ‘Back to School’ article makes a well-timed return trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan following a big weekend win to kick off the football season.   Jack LaFontaine LaFontaine is one of two netminders who were part of the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2016 NHL Draft class. LaFontaine is a Canadian-born goalie who played for the Janesville Jets in 2015-16 before joining the Michigan Woverines for his freshman season in 2016-17. LaFontaine boasts good size at 6 feet 3 inches tall and is also noted for his athleticism in most scouting reports. He split ice time in a crowded crease in 2016-17 and finished with a 3.34 goals against average and .911 save percentage in his freshman season in 2016-17.   Interview with University of Michigan Goaltending Coach Steve Shields About the Interviewee Steve Shields is the Goaltending Coach for the Michigan hockey program. After a standout career as a player at Michigan from 1990-1994 that saw him become the first NCAA goalie to reach 100 wins (finished with 111), he went on to a successful 12-year professional career including 10 years in the NHL. Shields played for Buffalo, San Jose, Anaheim, Boston, Florida and Atlanta and finished his NHL career with an 80-104-40 record.   Interview on Jack LaFontaine Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Jack LaFontaine’s 2016-17 season as a freshman at the University of Michigan? Steve Shields: I would describe his season as a great foundation...
Small bites on Hurricanes prospects and roster players – Part 4 (11 players)

Small bites on Hurricanes prospects and roster players – Part 4 (11 players)

Canes and Coffee FINALLY unveiled namesake coffee cups yesterday. Now comes the not fun task of figuring out a few logistics like shipping costs, etc. with the hope of having a page to order them by early next week. The hope is to set things up to take orders by early next week, but you can see the cups HERE and also help with a quick three-question poll.   My ‘last week of August’ series continues work toward offering a few short comments on every player either under contract with the Hurricanes or still under draft rights. If you missed the beginning and want to catch up… Part 1 – Derek Ryan, Noah Carroll, Julien Gauthier, Jake Bean, Martin Necas, Aleksi Saarela, Phil Di Giuseppe, Brock McGinn, Lucas Wallmark, Trevor Carrick and Sergey Tolchinsky. Part 2 – Elias Lindholm, Noah Hanifin, Teuvo Teravainen, Sebastian Aho, Jack LaFontaine, Jeremy Helvig, Tyler Ganly, Keegan Kanzig, Josh Wesley and Clark Bishop. Part 3 – Marcus Kruger, Josh Jooris, Joakim Nordstrom, Spencer Smallman, Steven Lorentz, Andrew Poturalski, Alex Nedeljkovic, Callum Booth, Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce and Justin Faulk.   Part 4 today covers 11 more players in 3 different categories.   The leadership Since the departure of long-time captain Eric Staal at the trade deadline in February of 2016, much has been made of the Hurricanes’ captaincy. Discussions abounded about timing and options for the next captain. Those conversations which were already ongoing this summer both revved up and changed in terms of options when Justin Williams was signed. I have stated before that my starting point for considering this whole situation is...
Back to School – Class of 2016: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs, OHL)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs, OHL)

Yesterday’s ‘Back to School’ article on Portland Winterhawks defenseman Brendan De Jong completed the updates on the 2017 draft class. You can find a clickable menu for all eight articles HERE.   Today the ‘Back to School’ series jumps to the Carolina Hurricanes 2016 NHL Draft class and also makes its first stop in the Ontario Hockey League with a check in on Kingston Frontenacs goalie Jeremy Helvig.   Jeremy Helvig As part of a reasonably common theme for the Hurricanes, 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 is slotted to return to Kingston in the OHL to play as an overager.   Interview with Kingston Goaltending Coach David Franco About the interviewee David Franco is the founder of Franco Canadian Goalie School. David has coached some of the world’s most elite goalies throughout the last 15 years. In addition, David played professionally in Europe and has coached at the NHL, AHL, OHL and European professional levels.   Interview on Jeremy Helvig Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Jeremy Helvig’s 2016-17 season? David Franco: Jeremy’s 2016-2017 season was one of his most consistent by far. He...