2018 MIDTERMS: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane, Western Hockey League)

Today’s entry is #15 out of what will hopefully be a complete set of 17 prospects below the AHL level. You can find the full set of clickable links in the menu page HERE. Today’s update on Spokane Chiefs forward Hudson Elynuik also completes the tour of five stops in the WHL and a total of seven in the Canadian Hockey League leaving only two stops in Europe to complete the set of 17 players for the “Midterms” series.   Hudson Elynuik Selected in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft, Hudson Elynuik represented a strong combination of pedigree, physical attributes and pre-draft accomplishments. He easily has an NHL frame at 6 feet 5 inches tall, and his father had a 9-year NHL career. In 2016-17, Hudson Elynuik played on a great WHL scoring line that also featured Kailer Yamamoto and Jaret Anderson-Dolan who were selected in the first and second rounds respectively in the 2017 NHL draft. Elynuik finished his 2016-17 season with the Spokane Chiefs with 29 goals and 44 assists in 64 games and has returned to Spokane for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Kevin Dudley from The Spokesman-Review About the Interviewee Kevin Dudley (Twitter=@k_dudley) is a freelance writer covering the Spokane Chiefs for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. He also went to high school with Spokane native and Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Derek Ryan.    Interview on Hudson Elynuik Canes and Coffee: What has been Hudson Elynuik’s playing situation thus far for the 2017-18 season? Kevin Dudley: Elynuik centers a line with Zach Fischer on his right wing an Riley Woods on his left. That...
Back to School – Class of 2016: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs, WHL)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs, WHL)

If you are returning after a summer off just in time for the Carolina Hurricanes training camp, HERE is a clickable menu of the previous ‘Back to School’ articles on Hurricanes prospects below (or just moving up to) the AHL level.   Today’s entry in the ‘Back to School’ series makes the sixth and final stop in the Western Hockey League, checking in on Spokane Chiefs forward Hudson Elynuik.   Hudson Elynuik Selected in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft, Hudson Elynuik represented a strong combination of pedigree, physical attributes and pre-draft accomplishments. He easily had an NHL frame at 6 feet 5 inches tall, and his father had a 9-year NHL career. In 2016-17, Hudson Elynuik played a great WHL scoring line that also featured Kailer Yamamoto and Jaret Anderson-Dolan who were selected in the first and second rounds respectively in the 2017 NHL draft. Elynuik finished his 2016-17 season with the Spokane Chiefs with 29 goals and 44 assists in 64 games.   Interview with Spokane Chiefs General Manager Scott Carter About the Interviewee Scott Carter has been the general manager of the Spokane Chiefs since assuming that role in September 0f 2016. Carter has over 28 years of experience as a hockey scout, business manager and entrepreneur. From 1987 to 2015, he worked as a regional professional and amateur scout for three National Hockey League franchises – Vancouver, Anaheim and Toronto – scouting the Western Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League.     Interview on Hudson Elynuik Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Hudson Elynuik’s strengths as a player and NHL prospect?...
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: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs, Western Hockey League)

MIDTERMS: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs, Western Hockey League)

The ongoing tour through Canadian juniors and US NCAA hockey to check in on Hurricanes’ prospects below the AHL level continues with a stop in the US Northwest, more specifically Spokane, Washington where 2016 draftee Hudson Elynuik plays.   Hudson Elynuik 2016-17 season capsule Hudson Elynuik was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft. The 6-5 center was drafted as a raw talent but obviously with a projectable NHL frame and some skill to boot. After summer trips to Raleigh for the prospect camp and then the NHL training camp, Elynuik returned to the Spokane Chiefs for the 2016-17 season. Thus far for the 2016-17 season, Elynuik has accumulated 20 goals and 36 assists in 49 games and has also been playing on both special teams units.   Mid-season interview on Hudson Elynuik with Brandon Rivers from DUB Network Brandon Rivers (Twitter=@hodgesheroes) covers US Division WHL teams for DUB Network and also contributes at Seattle Sin Bin from SBNation.   Canes and Coffee: How would you summarize and describe Hudson Elynuik’s play in 2016-17 through just more than half of the season? Brandon Rivers: Hudson Elynuik has shown glimpses of greatness through about 3/4 of the season but has struggled with consistency. There are certain areas of his game that are elite and some that are below average. Canes and Coffee: Comparing Hudson Elynuik from the 2015-16 season to the current season, is there anything that jumps out at you as significantly improved or different? Brandon Rivers: His skating has improved and he has more explosiveness than I remember him having in 2015-16. He also...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs)

For anyone looking for up to the minute Hurricanes prospect coverage, my recap/notes from game 3 of the Traverse City tourney can be found HERE (with a link inside for notes on the first 2 games). Hudson Elynuik was the Carolina Hurricanes third round selection in the 2016 NHL draft. As a prospect, Elynuik brings an enticing package of size at 6 foot 5 inches tall at only 18 years of age and skill. Unless he shocks the organization in training camp, Elynuik will continue his development in the 2016-17 hockey season with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. A nice collection of Hudson Elynuik articles from before the 2016 NHL draft can be found HERE.   Menu of Carolina Hurricanes prospect profiles thus far In case you missed them, here are links to the previous Hurricanes prospect profiles: 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)   Interview with Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur Don Nachbaur is entering his seventh season as head coach of the Spokane Chiefs. Nachbaur has twice been named WHL Coach of the Year during his illustrious coaching career. Nachbaur’s playing career included parts of 8 seasons in the NHL, 469 games in the AHL and a Calder Cup championship with the Hershey Bears in the 1987-88 season.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Hudson Elynuik’s game in 2-4 sentences. What are his strengths? Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur: Hudson is a big bodied...