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...
Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3C: Forwards (#11-23)

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3C: Forwards (#11-23)

After a brief delay from Brett Pesce’s contract extension pushed the final segment into the weekend, our tour of the entirety of the Carolina Hurricanes’ prospect pool wraps up today with the third segment on the forward group. For anyone catching up after a week away, part 1 featured the five goalie prospects, part 2 assessed the 15 defensemen in the Hurricanes organization, part 3A had the forwards ranked #1-5, and part 3B detailed the next set of forwards ranked #6-10. Today’s finale looks at the remaining forwards. I think the biggest takeaway is just how deep the team’s forward prospect pool is. The volume of players with NHL potential who did not crack the top ten is very high, and there are players here who have fairly significant upside. And now that I am assessing players ranked fairly far down the depth chart, it is important to remind everyone that success for these prospects will be determined more by how much they improve than their starting point on August 4, 2017. Somewhat like I did with the goalies and defensemen, I view the remaining forwards in reasonably defined categories with a few players who straddle a couple of them.   Trying to push up the depth chart First are three separate groups of three players each who are trying to push up the depth chart. Important to note is that all nine players have met the check boxes thus far in this development and are in this category because they have moved up, NOT because they have fallen to get here.   The long shots who earned a...
MIDTERMS: David Cotton (Boston College)

MIDTERMS: David Cotton (Boston College)

Already past the midway point of the NHL and most other hockey seasons, Canes and Coffee is starting a series that aims check in on most, if not all, of the Carolina Hurricanes prospects playing below the AHL. Rather than trying to do research projects on players that we watch infrequently if at all, the aim is to leverage the viewpoints of guests who are hockey analysts or media who watch/track the players regularly. It is dependent on schedule and also ability to find qualified media/scouts who watch the players regularly and are willing to help, but the hope is to run these out in a series mostly on off days during the lighter stretch of schedule ahead in late January and early February. First up is David Cotton who was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL draft. He is currently having a solid freshman season at Boston College. As a refresher, please also check out the “BACK TO SCHOOL” article on David Cotton from September 13, 2016 that included comments from Cotton’s 2015-16 USHL coach in addition to pre-arrival thoughts from BC Interruption.     Mid-season thoughts on David Cotton from Laura Berestecki at SBNation’s BC Interruption Laura Berestecki (Twitter=@LaurBear90) is the managing editor at BCInterruption.com where she also covers hockey and women’s soccer. She also writes for the NWHL and covers Hockey East for SB Nation’s women’s hockey blog.   Canes and Coffee: What is David Cotton’s current role on the Boston College team? Laura Berestecki: Cotton has started a number of games this season and has consistently been on the...
BACK TO SCHOOL: David Cotton (Boston College)

BACK TO SCHOOL: David Cotton (Boston College)

A little while back, Canes and Coffee started a ‘back to school’ series featuring short exit (2015-16 team/coaches) and entry (2016-17 college team) series on the 3 NCAA-bound players that the Hurricanes selected in the 2016 NHL draft. Below are links to those articles in case you missed them: Matt Filipe Jack LaFontaine Max Zimmer The ‘back to school’ series continues this week with a trip to the hockey rich Northeast United States with a player selected in the 2015 NHL draft. David Cotton is a big, skating-capable forward who was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL draft and will play the 2016-17 season as a freshman at Boston College. (Though selected in the 2015 draft, he is just entering his first year at the NCAA level after playing in the USHL for the 2015-16 season.)   Comments from David Cotton’s USHL coach PK O’Handley PK O’Handley is the head coach and general manager of the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. The 2015-16 season marked O’Handley’s fourteenth season in that role. He has coached and won more games than any other coach in USHL history and is a three-time USHL Coach of the Year Award winner and two-time USHL General Manager of the year. His full bio can be found on the Waterloo Black Hawks web site.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe David Cotton’s game/style of play in 2-4 sentences. What are his strengths? Waterloo Black Hawks Coach PK O’Handley: David’s size makes him an intriguing pro prospect.  He will be at his best when he is able to plant...