Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 1: Goalies

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 1: Goalies

If you were away from hockey for a slow late July weekend, Canes and Coffee turned two years old on Saturday. Here is a short article with a tiny bit of history and a few tidbits on the future without spoiling any fall surprises. To date, I have never written an all-encompassing “top 20 prospects” type of article. I do not have anything against them. I think they are interesting reads if researched well by someone knowledgeable about the players (not all are) and considered in full context. But a couple issues have always stood in the way of breaking down and just writing one. First is that trying to rank players of different positions in one pool has always seemed odd for me. How does a possible steady defenseman stack up against a risky by high-ceiling potential goal scorer? And where even do goalies, especially young ones who are still at least three years away from being NHL-ready, compare to players who could make the NHL squad next year? And how do you compare a player with a fairly high probability of making it to the NHL but with a low checking line ceiling to a wild card with a ton of skill who could either be a top 6 forward or a complete bust? But with the slow part of summer upon and the state of the Canes prospect pool being a fun topic of discussion right now, I will at least take a step in the direction of a ‘top 20’ with a try at evaluating and ranking Hurricanes prospects by position. Once I finish that,...
Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: TL;DR…It was a real good week

Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: TL;DR…It was a real good week

Thursday at Canes and Coffee is taking on a “the future is bright” theme. Check out also part 1 of Jordan Futrell’s Charlotte Checkers playoff series preview HERE, and come back and look for part 2 mid-day on Thursday. If you haven’t already, please help us prepare for the 2017-18 season by completing a short survey and considering a modest financial contribution.   I love nerding out on hockey. It’s just such a fun sport any way you look at it. Especially when the statistical research shows how awesome the Hurricanes prospect pool is right now. The number of prospects in this week’s Power Rankings has dropped to nine (bye, Jake Bean). Trying to rank the Top 5 this week was especially problematic, as multiple Hurricanes prospects decided to step up their games in the last week, and really deliver for their teams in the playoffs. Suffice it to say, that’s a very good problem to have. Let’s get to it:   1. Janne Kuokkanen – London Knights (Last week #3) 10 Goals – 6 Assists – 16 Points in 14 games London was just eliminated by Warren Foegele and the Erie Otters (more on that below), but there is no way London pushes this series to 7 games without Kuokkanen. He carried London’s offense throughout the playoffs, finishing with three more goals and four more points than the 2nd highest Knight. He was also a finalist for OHL Player of the Week. Breaking News: As I’m posting this, the Checkers have added Kuokkanen to the playoff roster. I believe he’s still CHL-bound next year, but as London is done,...
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: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs, Ontario Hockey League)

MIDTERMS: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs, Ontario Hockey League)

Jeremy Helvig 2016-17 season capsule Jeremy Helvig was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes as an overage player in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL draft. The 6-4 goalie with NHL size went undrafted after a challenging 2014-15 season but impressed with a surge in the second half of the 2015-16 season. Helvig has been a consistent work horse for Kingston during the 2016-17 season, though his numbers have dipped a bit. After closing out the 2015-16 season strong with a stellar 2.13 goals against average and .929 save percentage, in 2016-17 he sports a .907 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average heading into the OHL playoffs.   Interview on Jeremy Helvig with Peter Harling from Dobber Prospects Peter Harling (Twitter=@pharling) is the Managing Editor for DobberProspects . He has been a contributor to McKeens hockey, Today’s Slapshot, The Hockey Writers and more.   Canes and Coffee: How would you summarize and describe Jeremy Helvig’s play in 2016-17 thus far? Peter Harling: Helvig has been a workhorse for the Frontenacs in his post draft season as the incumbent starting goalie.He has been very consistent all season long and provided the Fronts with steady, solid goaltending. Canes and Coffee: Comparing Jeremy Helvig from the 2015-16 season to the current season, is there anything that jumps out at you as significantly improved or different? Peter Harling: The biggest difference between last year and this is the fact he has played much more, and carried the load well. Last year Helvig shared time with Lucas Peressini who started the year as the Fronts starter and defending OHL goalie of the year....
Profile and reading list for Jeremy Helvig — Hurricanes 2016 5th round draft pick

Profile and reading list for Jeremy Helvig — Hurricanes 2016 5th round draft pick

Click HERE to go to the menu for all of the Hurricanes 2016 draftees.   Profile for Jeremy Helvig Jeremy Helvig was the Hurricanes fifth-round selection in the 2016 NHL draft. Helvig played goalie for the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League for the 2015-16 season. At 6 foot 4 inches tall and 202 pounds, Helvig has size similar to other ‘new NHL’ goalies. He is a draft re-entry player whose stock rose when he rebounded from a rough first year in the OHL in 2014-15 and played increasingly better as the 2015-16 season wore on. He won the OHL Eastern Conference’s Most Improved player award during the 2015-16 season. Reading list of external articles about Jeremy Helvig Neate Sager from Sportsnet discussed Helvig’s evolving role with Kingston in the 2015-16 season. Doug Graham from Helvig’s hometown newspaper the Kingston Whig-Standard also wrote about Helvig’s improving 2015-16 season back in January. Doug Graham from the Kingston Whig-Standard wrote about Helvig’s rising stock just before the NHL draft. Finally, Doug Graham from the Kingston Whig-Standard then followed up with this article after Helvig was drafted by the Hurricanes. Brock Otten from OHL Prospects offered a short profile for Helvig in his article profiling overage OHL prospects for the 2016 NHL draft.   See him on PNC Arena ice in a Hurricanes uniform for the first time this week on Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30pm for practices and Saturday at 12pm for the Hurricanes prospect camp scrimmage. Parking and admission are free; concessions are available but not free.   Go...