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: Julien Gauthier (Saint John Sea Dogs, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)

MIDTERMS: Julien Gauthier (Saint John Sea Dogs, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)

Julien Gauthier 2016-17 season capsule Julien Gauthier was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2016 NHL draft with the #21 overall pick. The hulking power forward tips the scales at 6 foot 4  inches tall and 225 pounds and possesses skill to boot. The rap on him entering the draft was the 1-dimensional nature of his 2015-16 season that saw him net 41 goals but only collect 16 assists in 54 games. In 2016-17, he returned to the Val-d’Or Foreurs where he had 7 goals and 20 assists in 23 games before being traded to the Saint John Sea Dogs where he has accumulated 4 goals and 8 assists in 12 games. He also took a break from QMJHL play to team with Hurricanes’ prospect Nicolas Roy on a scoring line for Team Canada at the world juniors tourney where Gauthier had 5 goals and 2 assists in 7 games.   Mid-season interview on Julien Gauthier with Scott Wheeler from The Athletic and Pension Plan Puppets Scott Wheeler (Twitter=scottcwheeler) is a sports journalist and independent scout. He is currently a feature writer and OHL/QMJHL evaluator with Future Considerations, the managing editor for SB Nation’s Pension Plan Puppets and an editor for The Athletic-Toronto. He covers the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Marlies and the NHL Draft and frequently guests on Canadian sports radio. He has previously scouted for McKeen’s Hockey, and has been published by the National Post, the Toronto Sun, The Hockey News, the PGA TOUR, and others in print and online.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Julien Gauthier’s play with...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs)

Today’s ‘back to school’ article features 2016 first-round (#21 overall) draft pick Julien Gauthier.   Menu of links to previous Carolina 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) Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen) Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs)   Julien Gauthier Gauthier was the second of two first-round selections in the 2016 NHL draft. The big power forward was selected 21st overall. Gauthier brings an NHL-ready physique and good skill and skating for a power forward and projects to one day be a top 6 forward. If he does not make the Carolina Hurricanes NHL roster in for the 2016-17 season, Gauthier will return to the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League where he had 41 goals and 57 points in 54 games last season. A good collection of articles on Julien Gauthier from prior to the draft can be found HERE.   Interview with Val-d’Or Foreurs coach Mario Durocher Mario Durocher has been a permanent coach in the QJMHL since season 2000-2001, starting is fifth season with the Val-d’Or Foreurs. After Victoriaville, Sherbrooke, Lewiston, Acadie-Bathurst and Cape Breton, the Sherbrooke native signed to Val-d’Or during season 2012-2013. The year after, he led the team to the President Cup, the third in the concession history. It was his second, since he had won it with Victoriaville, in 2002. Durocher has also won two silver medals with Team Canada in the World’s junior championship, the first time in 2002 as an assistant coach,...
READER ARTICLE: Is it Julien Gauthier time in Raleigh? by Cory Fogg

READER ARTICLE: Is it Julien Gauthier time in Raleigh? by Cory Fogg

Today marks the fourth day and fourth article in our reader week takeover of the Canes and Coffee site. You can find the first 3 posts here: On Monday, Matt Somma wrote about how he became a Carolina Hurricanes fan. On Tuesday, Justin Ryan wrote about the snub of Justin Faulk for the US World Cup team. On Wednesday, Bill Dowey wrote about his favorite year for Hurricanes hockey. ————————————————————- Today’s reader post Submitted by Cory Fogg (Cory on Twitter) ——————————————— The hockey season might still be three months away, but the buzz is slowly building around the Carolina Hurricanes. The trove of young talent accumulated by Ron Francis, has fueled an excitement in Raleigh that has not been seen for some time. Many of these prospects (Fleury, McKeown, Roy, etc.) will be in Raleigh this fall trying to earn a spot for training camp. So, too, will both of Carolina’s 2016 1st rounders Jake Bean and Julien Gauthier. Given the plethora of blue-line talent, it would be shocking to see Jake Bean donning the warning flag any time soon. Julien Gauthier, on the other hand, is a different story. Could we see Gauthier playing significant minutes Raleigh this season? A look at the roster, as it stands now, shows the long odds on Gauthier making the team. The Staal-Nordstrom-Nestrasil line isn’t going anywhere. It’s one of the best defensive forward lines in hockey. Speculation at present suggests free agent addition Lee Stempniak joining Skinner and Rask on the top line, with the Super Scandinavians of Lindholm-Aho-Teravainen as the second scoring line. The fourth line is anybody’s pick of a combination...