Back to School – Class of 2017: Eetu Luostarinen (KalPa, Finnish Liiga — Finland)

Back to School – Class of 2017: Eetu Luostarinen (KalPa, Finnish Liiga — Finland)

If you have been away from Canes and Coffee for a couple days, today’s article on Finnish prospect Eetu Luostarinen is actually the third of three from Finland. Check out also the ‘Back to School’ articles on fellow Fins Eetu Makiniemi and Ville Rasanen.   Today’s entry in the ‘Back to School’ series, Eetu Luostarinen, completes the set of 2017 draftees from Finland with a forward to go with a defenseman and goalie.   Eetu Luostarinen Selected in the second round of the 2017 NHL draft, Eetu Luostarinen follows an interesting and promising lineage of Finnish forwards selected in the second round. First was Sebastian Aho in 2015, and next was Janne Kuokkanen in 2016. Luostarinen is of course his own man, but he does bring some of the same playmaking and hockey sense possessed by his fellow countrymen. He was a rapid riser during his draft year going from off many charts up into the second round. In 2016-17, he split his time between U20 and men’s professional hockey in Finland and finished with three goals and four assists in 32 games at the higher level. He has already started his 2017-18 with KalPa in the SM-Liiga in Finland.   Interview with Carolina Hurricanes Robert Kron, Head European Scout for the Carolina Hurricanes About the interviewee Robert Kron is the Head European Scout for the Carolina Hurricanes. Robert’s Hurricanes history dates back to the 1997-98 season when he was part of the inaugural Hurricanes team. In addition to three years with the Carolina Hurricanes, Robert’s NHL career spanned 12 seasons including three with the Carolina Hurricanes. In 771 games...
Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3B: Forwards (#6-10)

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3B: Forwards (#6-10)

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe continues down the path of evaluating and ranking the Hurricanes prospects. Thus far, part 1 featured the five goalie prospects, part 2 assessed the 15 defensemen in the Hurricanes organization and part 3A had the forwards ranked #1-5. Part 3B today looks at the next set of forwards ranked #6-10. An important starting point is noting that the gap between the forwards ranked 6-10 and those ranked 1-5 yesterday is small. The ability to make even a short-term apples to apples comparison for some of these players in training camp and a couple preseason games, could easily see the top 10 completely juggled based on game action evaluations. In addition, the ultimate success of players in this age group is determined much more by how rapidly and significantly they progress than their starting points.   Prospects with top half of the roster potential and scoring upside – take two   #6 – Aleksi Saarela (Charlotte Checkers-AHL) Saarela is a bit of a wild card and a difficult player to get a read on simply because I have not been able to see him. In two summers since being acquired in the Eric Staal trade, Saarela has yet to make an appearance at PNC Arena because of injuries, being committed to play in Europe and a jump to Charlotte. But we should finally get to see Saarela live in September for the Hurricanes training camp. His resume to this point is a bit sporadic because of injuries but does feature an eye-opening short audition in Charlotte. He quickly collected 6 goals and 10 point in only...
Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Eetu Luostarinen

Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Eetu Luostarinen

  With their first second round pick, #42 overall, in the 2017  NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes followed a familiar pattern in taking a Finnish forward in Eetu Luostarinen. (2015 was Sebastian Aho and 2016 was Janne Kuokkanen.)   Eetu Luostarinen profile Luostarinen is a player who rose rapidly during the 2016-17 season starting from being a lower-round draft pick and ultimately being rated as a second-round pick by Bob McKenzie at TSN. Even with the rapid rise, the Hurricanes took Luostarinen early obviously not wanting to risk not getting him later. Luostarinen projects to be a good all-around center. He has projectable size at 6 feet 2 inches tall and is smooth skater. He is credited for having soft hands and also a high hockey IQ. Sounds a little bit like Sebastian Aho and Janne Kuokkanen which is encouraging.   Eetu Luostarinen preliminary reading list Clickable links to articles on Eetu Luostarinen. Marco Bombino at Finnish Junior Hockey recently profiled Eetu Luostarinen HERE. The team from Draftin Europe like Luostarinen in the third round in their article scouting Europe for Canes and Coffee earlier this week. Ben Kerr at Last Word on Hockey captured Luostarinen’s recent rise and buzz and heading into the draft. Luostarinen has only recently risen rapidly up the rankings, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie was early and aggressive in boosting him and had him at #56 in his final rankings. TSN’s draft profile has Nick Bonino as a comparable. Have you seen other good articles on Eetu Luostarinen? If so, please give us a heads up on Twitter, via email or using our comment form,...