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...