Back to School – Class of 2017: Eetu Makiniemi (Jokerit U20, Junior A – SM-liiga — Finland)

Back to School – Class of 2017: Eetu Makiniemi (Jokerit U20, Junior A – SM-liiga — Finland)

For those checking in on the prospects ‘Back to School’ series intermittently, you can bookmark the menu page with clickable links for all of the completed articles thus far.   Today’s entry in the ‘Back to School’ series jumps back to Europe to check in on Finnish goalie Eetu Makiniemi.   Eetu Makiniemi Continuing Ron Francis’ trend of adding at least one goalie in each draft, Eetu Niemi was the Hurricanes’ selection if the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Makiniemi hails from Finland where he played on Jokerit’s U20 team in 2016-17 and finished the season with a 2.68 goals against average and .908 save percentage.   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 in the NHL, he scored 144 goals and collected 338 points.   Interview on Hurricanes prospect Eetu Makiniemi Canes and Coffee: What stood out to you and the Hurricanes scouting team about Eetu Makiniemi that had him ranked above other goalie prospects still available in the fifth round? Robert Kron: I would say Eetu showed strong fundamentals and tremendous upside playing for his team in Finnish Junior A. he has good size and is very athletic. Also his attitude is great, and he works very hard to become an elite goaltender.  ...
Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 1: Goalies

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 1: Goalies

If you were away from hockey for a slow late July weekend, Canes and Coffee turned two years old on Saturday. Here is a short article with a tiny bit of history and a few tidbits on the future without spoiling any fall surprises. To date, I have never written an all-encompassing “top 20 prospects” type of article. I do not have anything against them. I think they are interesting reads if researched well by someone knowledgeable about the players (not all are) and considered in full context. But a couple issues have always stood in the way of breaking down and just writing one. First is that trying to rank players of different positions in one pool has always seemed odd for me. How does a possible steady defenseman stack up against a risky by high-ceiling potential goal scorer? And where even do goalies, especially young ones who are still at least three years away from being NHL-ready, compare to players who could make the NHL squad next year? And how do you compare a player with a fairly high probability of making it to the NHL but with a low checking line ceiling to a wild card with a ton of skill who could either be a top 6 forward or a complete bust? But with the slow part of summer upon and the state of the Canes prospect pool being a fun topic of discussion right now, I will at least take a step in the direction of a ‘top 20’ with a try at evaluating and ranking Hurricanes prospects by position. Once I finish that,...
Eetu Makiniemi: Hurricanes 2017 fourth-round draft pick (#104 overall)

Eetu Makiniemi: Hurricanes 2017 fourth-round draft pick (#104 overall)

With the #104 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft the Carolina Hurricanes selected Finnish goalie Eetu Makiniemi from the Finnish junior league.   Eetu Makiniemi profile and history The Hurricanes went off the board a bit when they selected Makiniemi in the fourth round. In a deep goalie class, he was not near the top of the list. The 6 foot 2 inch Makiniemi has a good combination of size, quickness and athletic ability and has as good of a chance as any to progress to the NHL level somewhere down the road.   Eetu Makiniemi reading list Clickable links to articles on Eetu Makiniemi. The Draft Analyst had Makiniemi as the 20th-ranked goalie in a deep draft class for the position and slated to be picked in the sixth round.   Have you seen other good articles on Eetu Makiniemi? Please give us a heads up on Twitter, via email or using our comment form, so we can add to our reading list.   Go Canes!...