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....
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...