Hurricanes Prospect Update: Top 10 Canadian Juniors Playoff Performances

Hurricanes Prospect Update: Top 10 Canadian Juniors Playoff Performances

For “playoff day” at Canes and Coffee, please also check out Jordan Futrell’s update on the Checkers’ playoff chase and Matt Karash’s Canes NHL playoff guide featuring draft pick implications and a roundup of former Hurricanes players in the NHL postseason.   I don’t know about you all, but I’m not at all ready for hockey to be done. Luckily in addition to our surging AHL team, Canes nation still has 10 prospects still active up in Canadian juniors, where the playoffs are in full swing. I was initially going to include the college prospects too, but wouldn’t you know it, not a single Canes college prospect made the NCAA tournament. Not even David Cotton’s Boston College and they are usually disgustingly consistent like that. Still, entirely for the purposes of this article, this is a good thing, because now I can easily format this Hurricanes prospect playoff update into a convenient Top 10 list. RANDOM SLIGHTLY UNRELATED BREAKING NEWS There’s the first move. Ron Francis says that David Marcoux’s contract will not be renewed. #Canes — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) April 12, 2017 So let’s not draw this out: Here’s how the Hurricanes’ Canadian juniors prospects are faring with the lights glaring, ranked entirely on my subjective statistical analysis.   1. Steven Lorentz – Peterborough Petes 6 Goals – 4 Assists – 10 Points in 7 games. Yeah, this wasn’t the first name you expected to see on this list, was it? Well, Lorentz has been the top scorer for a Peterborough team that hasn’t lost yet. They swept Niagara in Round 1 of the OHL playoffs and...
MIDTERMS: Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen, Western Hockey League)

MIDTERMS: Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen, Western Hockey League)

Jake Bean: 2016-17 season capsule Defenseman Jake Bean was the Hurricanes top selection at #13 overall in the 2016 NHL draft. After spending part of the fall in the Hurricanes training camp, he was returned to the Calgary Hitmen to play the 2016-17 season in the Western Hockey League. His season has been a bit disjointed. After playing a handful of games with Calgary he missed significant time with injury. Then he returned for a short stint with Calgary before representing Team Canada at the world juniors. Since returning to Calgary in the WHL, Bean has really hit his stride as an offensive defenseman with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 12 games in January. In total in WHL play, Bean has 6 goals and 21 assists in 20 games played after missing time with a hand injury. In 7 games in the world juniors tourney, Bean had 0 goals and 2 assists and was a plus 2. Jake Bean’s play in the world juniors (in addition to fellow Canes’ prospects Julien Gauthier and Nicolas Roy) was discussed in a guest post by Dominic Tiano shortly after the tourney concluded.   Mid-season thoughts on Jake Bean from Paul Figler at DUBNetwork Paul Figler is the Co-Founder of DUBNetwork (Twitter=@dub_network) which is an independently-run, all-encompassing news source for everything Western Hockey League. Paul (Twitter=@RDFigs19) also runs WHLStats.   Canes and Coffee: Recognizing that his season has been disjointed and abbreviated due missing significant time with a broken finger, how would you describe Jake Bean’s play in limited WHL action in 3 separate stretches of 3 games before injury, 5 games after...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)

For anyone looking for up to the minute Hurricanes prospect coverage, Monday’s Daily Cup of Joe featured initial thoughts on the first 2 games of the Traverse City NHL prospects tourney. Jake Bean was the Carolina Hurricanes first selection at #13 overall in the 2016 NHL draft. Bean was arguably the most gifted defenseman offensively in the entire draft and received high marks for his skating ability, hockey IQ and creativity. Unless he shocks the organization in training camp, he is likely a couple years away from being NHL-ready and is currently expected to return to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League for the 2016-17 season. A nice collection of Jake Bean articles and scouting analysis 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)   Interview with Calgary Hitmen coach Mark French Mark French is entering his third season as the Calgary Hitmen’s head coach and has guided the team to consecutive 40-win seasons. French’s 21-year coaching career is highlighted by a Calder Cup Championship as head coach of the AHL’s Hershey Bears in 2010. His full bio can be found on the Calgary Hitmen web site.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Jake Bean’s game in 2-4 sentences. What are his strengths? Calgary Hitmen coach Mark French: Jake is...
Carolina Hurricanes NHL Draft 2016: Reading list for #13 pick Jake Bean

Carolina Hurricanes NHL Draft 2016: Reading list for #13 pick Jake Bean

Click HERE to go to the menu for all of the Hurricanes 2016 draftees.   Profile for Jake Bean (added 7/5/16 before prospect camp) With their first pick in the 2016 NHL draft (#13 overall), the Carolina Hurricanes selected defenseman Jake Bean. Bean hails from Western Canada and played the 2015-16 season for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. Bean is a skating, scoring and puck-moving defenseman who notched impressive 24 goals and 64 points in 68 games in 2015-16. As is a common theme, he has been described as cerebral and creatively offensively from the back end. He projects to be the kind of defenseman that is an offensive catalyst from the blue line.   Reading list of external articles about Jake Bean Steve Kournianos at The Draft Analyst profiles Bean here. Eric Engels at Sportsnet has the 411 on Bean in this article. Brad Simpson at SBNation’s Eyes on the Prize has a detailed albeit Habs-centric article with some highlights for Jake Bean. Ryan Pike at The Hockey Writers profiles Jake Bean here. Ben Kerr from Last Word on Sports offers this profile for Bean. Added 7/5/16 before Hurricanes prospect camp————————————————– Ben Pope from The News & Observer had this to say about Bean on the eve of the prospect camp.     Go...