Carolina Hurricanes sign forward David Cotton + update on upcoming prospect decisions

Carolina Hurricanes sign forward David Cotton + update on upcoming prospect decisions

Today the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they had signed 2015 six-round draft pick David Cotton to a two-year entry-level contract. The team also signed his brother Jason Cotton who is an undrafted free agent graduating from Sacred Heart University.   On David Cotton David Cotton is an interesting prospect. As a sixth-round pick, he is the type that is a long shot to make the NHL when drafted, but he has made steady progress over the course of his college career. He possesses the size and skating ability to have a chance at the NHL level and has developed a decent power forward scoring tool bag over the four years since being drafted. He also developed as a leader being the captain of his Boston College team as a senior in 2019-20 and also one of two veteran leaders (along with Matt Filipe) for the most recent Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp. My big question with him is how he will look against NHL preseason competition and then at the AHL level. As an NCAA player, he has not been able to participate in the prospect tourneys or preseason action, so the only reference points for him are against prospect camp and NCAA competition. He looked very good at the most recent prospect camp, but playing against mostly 18-20-year olds most of whom will not see the NHL is not a great reference point for a player drafted four years ago. But in giving credit where it is due, Cotton did stand out in that group and had a strong senior season with 39 points in 32 games. He figures...
2018 MIDTERMS: David Cotton (Boston College, NCAA)

2018 MIDTERMS: David Cotton (Boston College, NCAA)

In case you missed, Canes and Coffee’s “Midterms” series that checks in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level kicked off yesterday. You can find the first installment on University of Michigan goalie Jack LaFontaine HERE. Today’s installment stays in the college ranks and checks in on Boston College forward David Cotton.   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 the 2016-17 season with 24 points in 40 games.   Interview with Laura Berestecki from BC Interruption About the Interviewee Laura Berestecki (Twitter=@LBerestecki) is the managing editor of BC Interruption (Twitter=@bcinterruption), where she also covers men’s hockey and a number of women’s programs.   Interview on David Cotton Canes and Coffee: Now in his sophomore season, what has been David Cotton’s role for Boston College thus far during the 2017-18 season? Laura Berestecki: Cotton has been on the first or second line this season. It’s a young team, so despite being only a sophomore he...
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...