Charting a course for Jake Bean

Charting a course for Jake Bean

With Brett Pesce and more recently Haydn Fleury out of the lineup due to injuries, the Hurricanes needed to reach to Charlotte to ice six defensemen. Veteran AHLer Trevor Carrick earned the first call up and played in Saturday’s game, but during the layoff between games, the team swapped in Jake Bean. Bean figures to make his NHL debut in Montreal on Tuesday. The length of Bean’s audition figures to be short and also driven more by the return of Pesce or Fleury than how well he plays. So I think his real audition is likely not until the 2019-20 season. But any time a player steps into an NHL lineup, he has a chance to play so well that he just says. As such, the timing is still good for an article discussing the appropriate development path for Jake Bean.   His 2018-19 season thus far Only 21 games into his professional career, Bean is off to a good start with the Charlotte Checkers. He has accumulated three goals and eight assists in those 21 games and is +6 which ranks second only to Roland McKeown on the Checkers. More significantly than the few basic numbers, Bean has been earning ice time and trust at the AHL level. Especially for an offensive defenseman, his start in the AHL is encouraging. He has transitioned well and quickly earned more ice time and responsibility.   But is he NHL-ready? To be honest, the answer is probably not. Bean had a strong front half of training camp and also preseason, but he also had issues at times defensively toward the end...
Checking In with Brandon Stanley: Jake Bean player profile plus ‘Odds and Ends’

Checking In with Brandon Stanley: Jake Bean player profile plus ‘Odds and Ends’

In case you missed it yesterday, my detailed recap of the Charlotte 2-0-1 road trip is HERE.   Player spotlight — Jake Bean Last week, Jake Bean had an incredibly strong week on the road. Wednesday night in Lehigh Valley, in particular, he was absolutely phenomenal. Every time the puck was on his stick it seemed like he made something happen. Perhaps more importantly, his defensive game does not look to be lagging so far behind. He maintains solid gaps and although he’s still not as physically mature as he needs to be for the NHL, he gets by because he has a very good stick. Jason Shaya, the play-by-play man of the Checkers, does a weekly “10 Thoughts” segment. It is very insightful regarding the Checkers, the organization in general, and occasionally even the hockey world at-large. In his most recent edition he mentions speaking to an NHL scout who raved about Bean after this game, saying he was probably the best player on the ice Wednesday night. I have to agree. Even aside from the assist, steady defense, slick passing, and constant takeaways, he just seems to already be a calming, poised presence on the back end. He never seems to get sped up; he just processes the play and makes smart decisions at his own pace. When facing forecheckers he’s incredibly shifty, evading checks and getting the puck out quickly. He is not the fastest straight-line skater, but his edge work and agility are fantastic. He moves really well at the blue line as well, making quick little moves to maneuver around opponents trying to pressure...
2018 MIDTERMS: Jake Bean (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Jake Bean (Tri-City, Western Hockey League)

If you have some catching up to do on our “Midterms” series that checks in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, you can find a menu with a clickable link to the most recent article on Stelio Mattheos and all of the previous 11 articles HERE. Today’s update stays in the Western Hockey League that is home to five Canes prospects and checks in on defenseman Jake Bean who joined fellow Canes prospect Morgan Geekie with the Tri-City Americans after being traded from the Calgary Hitmen where Bean spent his junior career. This update focuses on the Calgary Hitmen portion of Jake Bean’s 2017-18 season.   Jake Bean Jake Bean was one of two Hurricanes first-round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft at #13 overall. Bean projects to be a ‘new NHL’ defenseman with high-end skating ability and a skill set to generate offense from the back end off the rush, on the power play and from within the offensive zone. After a long look in the Hurricanes training camp, Bean returned to the Calgary Hitment for the 2017-18 season. He has since played on Canada’s World Junior team and been traded to the Tri-City Americans for the playoff push.   Interview with Tyler Lowey from DUBNetwork and the Strathmore Times About the interviewee Tyler Lowey (Twitter=@tlowey) is the beat reporter for the Calgary Hitmen for DUBNetwork and also the sports editor for the Strathmore Times where he covers a variety of local sports and teams.   Interview on Jake Bean Canes and Coffee: Prior to his trade to the Tri-City Americans how would you summarize Jake...
Back to School – Class of 2016: Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen, WHL)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen, WHL)

If you missed it yesterday, the most recent stop in the ‘Back to School’ series was at Boston College to check in on Hurricanes prospect David Cotton. You can also find a clickable menu of all of the previous entries HERE.   Today’s ‘Back to School’ article visits familiar territory, making the fourth of five visits to the Western Hockey League where we check in on defenseman Jake Bean.   Jake Bean Bean was one of two Hurricanes first-round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft at #13 overall. Bean projects to be a ‘new NHL’ defenseman with high-end skating ability and a skill set to generate offense from the back end off the rush, on the power play and from within the offensive zone. If he does not surprise and make the 2017-18 NHL roster, Bean will return to the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Calgary Hitmen Vice President and Alternate Governor Mike Moore About the interviewee Mike Moore is entering his 21st season in the Western Hockey League and 11th with the Hitmen. His decade of service with the franchise began with a one-year term as assistant general manager in 1997-98. He then served as general manager of the Kamloops Blazers (1998-2004) and Medicine Hat Tigers (2004-05) before spending three seasons as director of athletics with Edge School (2005-08). His return to the Hitmen for the 2008-09 season saw Moore as director of business operations before adding the title of assistant general manager in 2012.  Moore moved to the role of general manager and vice president of business operations in 2013...
Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 2: Defensemen

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 2: Defensemen

Early on Monday morning, I started on a tour of the Hurricanes prospect pool and even talked myself into forging down the road of doing rankings at least at a positional level. The first article in the series which you can find here addressed the goalies.   Defensemen Part two will look at the prospect pool for the blue line. Because the Hurricanes have spent so many recent high draft picks on defensemen and also benefited from Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce rising up ahead of schedule, the general perception in our Hurricanes hockey community seems to be that the team is deep in terms of youth on the blue line. That is very clearly true at the NHL level where the team boasts a top with an average age under 23, but the rapid rise of the young NHL group has actually left a bit of a gap behind them in terms of the prospect pool. Francis restocked a bit in the 2017 NHL draft selecting three defensemen and there are still a couple higher-end players who are near NHL-ready but the volume of depth is actually still a little bit light right now. Without further ado, here is my ranking for the Hurricanes defense prospect pool…   Established prospects with top half of the roster potential #1 – Haydn Fleury (Charlotte Checkers-AHL) Fleury (Article log HERE) tops my list of prospect defensemen based on both reasonably high upside and a high probability of at least some leve of success. I have had him penciled in as a #5/#6 defenseman at the NHL level for some time now....