Tentative plan is to keep up with daily posts during the All-Star break and bye week, but I might end up skipping a day or two. We’ll see.
In no particular order, today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers player by player quick hitters.
Brett Pesce — His play so far in 2019-20 is underrated. While Slavin/Hamilton deservedly garnered headlines, Pesce was tasked with making the second defense pairing work, and he has done exactly that with two different partners and a couple rough patches for each.
James Reimer — If the Hurricanes do make the 2019-20 playoffs, his 2-0-1 mark in three weak games by the team in front of him could be the difference.
Haydn Fleury — I like his play in three games since Hamilton’s injury. What caught my eye most on Tuesday was his ability to look past layer one for passing options on the Necas goal. Per my more detailed thoughts in yesterday’s daily post, more regularly being able to make plays offensively is one are of significant upside for Fleury.
Petr Mrazek — His start and win keeps both goalies engaged and sends both off into the break feeling good. In today’s NHL, having two capable goalies is critical, so that is a big win for Brind’Amour and the team.
Teuvo Teravainen — In what was arguably the best playmaking season from a win in Canes history, Cory Stillman collected 55 assists in 72 games in 2005-06. That makes for a 63-point pace over 82 games which is nearly identical to Teravainen’s current 62-point pace.
Martin Necas — He continues to show the ability to make dynamic plays. His ceiling offensively is incredibly high.
Jaccob Slavin — His conditioning is off the charts. What impresses me most is watching him when he gets stuck on the ice for an extra long shift and seems completely unfazed at the end of it. I am starting to think he rivals Joni Pitkanen in his ability to play seemingly unlimited amounts.
What say you Canes fans?
Who has additional quick hitters for a Canes player or two?