Back to School – Class of 2017: Luke Martin (University of Michigan, USA NTDP)

Back to School – Class of 2017: Luke Martin (University of Michigan, USA NTDP)

If you were away from Hurricanes hockey watching astronomy events on Monday, please check out Canes and Coffee’s article on Martin Necas. The article kicked off our ‘Back to School’ series of articles on Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level. The series will feature ‘from the rink’ insight on Hurricanes prospects from interviews with coaches, scouts and media who watched the players regularly in 2016-17 and often prior. The second article in the series continues with Luke Martin from the 2017 draft class and includes perspective both from his 2016-17 season at the University of Michigan and also from his time with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.   Luke Martin Luke Martin was one of two Carolina Hurricanes’ draftees in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Martin is a big defenseman whose foundation is solid defensive play and physical play. He has been a regular on Team USA in international tournaments and just completed his freshman season at the University of Michigan where he will again play in 2017-18.   Interview with Pete Krupsky, Broadcaster and Media Relations Director for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program About the author Pete Krupsky (Twitter= PeteKrupsky1433) has been a part of the hockey business for 30 years.  He was the play-by-play voice of the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League from 1990-2015.  At one point, Krupsky called 1,433 consecutive regular season and playoff games for the Whalers between 1997-2015. He was promoted to the Whalers Director of Communications in 2004.  He worked for current Charlotte Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci, who was the Whalers general manager and head coach...
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....
Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Luke Martin

Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Luke Martin

With their second pick in the second round at #52 overall, the Hurricanes selected University of Michigan defenseman Luke Martin. Martin a hulking defenseman.   Luke Martin profile Luke Martin is a University of Michigan defenseman and also a product of the United States Development Program. The first thing that jumps out about Martin is his size. At only 18 years old, Martin already stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 216 pounds. He has work to do to round out and develop his game, but if he does so successfully, he projects to be a big, physical stay-home defenseman who plays with an edge.   Luke Martin preliminary reading list Clickable links to articles on Luke Martin. Zachary Devine from The Hockey Writers profiled Martin on May 12 with a good detailed read. Here is another article from Zachary Devine on Martin before he headed off to the University of Michigan this fall. Winging It In Motown’s ‘coreyWIIM’ profiled Luke Martin on June 2. Avi Sholkoff at The Michigan Daily wrote about Martin’s work with coach Red Berenson. Chris Dilks at SBNation College Hockey assessed Martin on many dimensions for the 2017 NHL draft. Have you seen other good articles on Luke Martin? Please give us a heads up on Twitter, via email or using our comment form, so we can add to our reading list.   Go...