Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: TL;DR…It was a real good week

Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: TL;DR…It was a real good week

Thursday at Canes and Coffee is taking on a “the future is bright” theme. Check out also part 1 of Jordan Futrell’s Charlotte Checkers playoff series preview HERE, and come back and look for part 2 mid-day on Thursday. If you haven’t already, please help us prepare for the 2017-18 season by completing a short survey and considering a modest financial contribution.   I love nerding out on hockey. It’s just such a fun sport any way you look at it. Especially when the statistical research shows how awesome the Hurricanes prospect pool is right now. The number of prospects in this week’s Power Rankings has dropped to nine (bye, Jake Bean). Trying to rank the Top 5 this week was especially problematic, as multiple Hurricanes prospects decided to step up their games in the last week, and really deliver for their teams in the playoffs. Suffice it to say, that’s a very good problem to have. Let’s get to it:   1. Janne Kuokkanen – London Knights (Last week #3) 10 Goals – 6 Assists – 16 Points in 14 games London was just eliminated by Warren Foegele and the Erie Otters (more on that below), but there is no way London pushes this series to 7 games without Kuokkanen. He carried London’s offense throughout the playoffs, finishing with three more goals and four more points than the 2nd highest Knight. He was also a finalist for OHL Player of the Week. Breaking News: As I’m posting this, the Checkers have added Kuokkanen to the playoff roster. I believe he’s still CHL-bound next year, but as London is done,...
Hurricanes Prospect Update: Top 10 Canadian Juniors Playoff Performances

Hurricanes Prospect Update: Top 10 Canadian Juniors Playoff Performances

For “playoff day” at Canes and Coffee, please also check out Jordan Futrell’s update on the Checkers’ playoff chase and Matt Karash’s Canes NHL playoff guide featuring draft pick implications and a roundup of former Hurricanes players in the NHL postseason.   I don’t know about you all, but I’m not at all ready for hockey to be done. Luckily in addition to our surging AHL team, Canes nation still has 10 prospects still active up in Canadian juniors, where the playoffs are in full swing. I was initially going to include the college prospects too, but wouldn’t you know it, not a single Canes college prospect made the NCAA tournament. Not even David Cotton’s Boston College and they are usually disgustingly consistent like that. Still, entirely for the purposes of this article, this is a good thing, because now I can easily format this Hurricanes prospect playoff update into a convenient Top 10 list. RANDOM SLIGHTLY UNRELATED BREAKING NEWS There’s the first move. Ron Francis says that David Marcoux’s contract will not be renewed. #Canes — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) April 12, 2017 So let’s not draw this out: Here’s how the Hurricanes’ Canadian juniors prospects are faring with the lights glaring, ranked entirely on my subjective statistical analysis.   1. Steven Lorentz – Peterborough Petes 6 Goals – 4 Assists – 10 Points in 7 games. Yeah, this wasn’t the first name you expected to see on this list, was it? Well, Lorentz has been the top scorer for a Peterborough team that hasn’t lost yet. They swept Niagara in Round 1 of the OHL playoffs and...
MIDTERMS: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL)

MIDTERMS: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL)

Callum Booth 2016-17 season capsule Callum Booth started the 2016-17 season with the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 21 games with the Remparts, Booth posted a 2.87 goals against average and .918 save percentage. On December 13, 2016, Booth was traded to the Saint John Sea Dogs where he joined Hurricanes’ prospect Spencer Smallman and was also joined by Hurricanes’ prospect Julien Gauthier on January 6, 2017. After a bumpy transition period, Booth has settled in with his new team which is at the top of the QMJHL standings and preparing for the playoffs.   Interview on Callum Booth with Craig Eagles from Rogers TV Craig Eagles (Twitter=@Eags37) is a high school teacher from Moncton, New Brunswick Canada. Craig has been covering the QMJHL Moncton Wildcats and Saint John Sea Dogs as a colour analyst for the past three seasons for Rogers TV. In 2012, he started the Co Coaches Corner Blog  and currently contributes to The Q News. This past December Craig joined Central Scouting and is currently the New Brunswick Regional Scout for QMJHL.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Callum Booth’s 2016-17 season thus far?  Craig Eagles: Speaking from when he arrived in Saint John, it definitely took Booth a few games to get acclimated to being in the Saint John Sea Dogs net. Booth has bounced back as of late with stellar performances and has really started to regain the confidence needed to be a bona fide number one goaltender in the league for a team focused on winning a President’s Cup. Canes and Coffee: Comparing Booth’s 2016-17 play to...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts)

Canes and Coffee’s ‘back to school’ series featuring Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level continues today with insight on goalie Callum Booth.   Menu of previous Carolina Hurricanes prospects profiled in ‘back to school’ series Matt Filipe (Northeastern University) Jack LaFontaine (University of Michigan) Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin) David Cotton (Boston College) Luke Stevens (Yale University) Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes) Noah Carroll (Guelph Storm) Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen) Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs) Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs)   Callum Booth Callum Booth was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL draft. Booth is a big goalie with athleticism that provides a set of physical skills capable of the NHL level. Booth will return to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he was 16-15-5 with a .902 save percentage and 3.15 goals against average for the 2015-16 season.   Interview with Quebec Remparts goaltending coach Ghyslain Rousseau Ghyslain Rousseau rejoined the Quebec Remparts as goalie coach over the summer. He previously served in the same role during the 2013-14 season and worked with Callum Booth during that time.   Canes and Coffee: How would you briefly describe Callum Booth’s goaltending style? Quebec Remparts goaltending coach Ghyslain Rousseau: Callum is an athletic goalie who can either use the butterfly or the hybrid style. He’s very fast with his pads and technically good.   Canes and Coffee: What are Booth’s strengths as a young goalie that he can build upon to become and NHL netminder? Quebec Remparts goaltending coach Ghyslain Rousseau: He is a very intelligent young man who learns quickly...