Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3C: Forwards (#11-23)

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3C: Forwards (#11-23)

After a brief delay from Brett Pesce’s contract extension pushed the final segment into the weekend, our tour of the entirety of the Carolina Hurricanes’ prospect pool wraps up today with the third segment on the forward group. For anyone catching up after a week away, part 1 featured the five goalie prospects, part 2 assessed the 15 defensemen in the Hurricanes organization, part 3A had the forwards ranked #1-5, and part 3B detailed the next set of forwards ranked #6-10. Today’s finale looks at the remaining forwards. I think the biggest takeaway is just how deep the team’s forward prospect pool is. The volume of players with NHL potential who did not crack the top ten is very high, and there are players here who have fairly significant upside. And now that I am assessing players ranked fairly far down the depth chart, it is important to remind everyone that success for these prospects will be determined more by how much they improve than their starting point on August 4, 2017. Somewhat like I did with the goalies and defensemen, I view the remaining forwards in reasonably defined categories with a few players who straddle a couple of them.   Trying to push up the depth chart First are three separate groups of three players each who are trying to push up the depth chart. Important to note is that all nine players have met the check boxes thus far in this development and are in this category because they have moved up, NOT because they have fallen to get here.   The long shots who earned a...
MIDTERMS: Luke Stevens (Yale University, NCAA)

MIDTERMS: Luke Stevens (Yale University, NCAA)

Luke Stevens 2016-17 season capsule Luke Stevens was a fifth round selection in the 2015 NHL draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. After finishing his high school career at Noble & Greenough School in 2015-16, Stevens was a freshman at Yale University for the 2016-17 season. He started the 2016-17 in the bottom part of the forward roster, but rose up into a larger role later in the season before being sidelined for 6 weeks with a shoulder injury. He finished his freshman season with 2 goals and 3 assists in 17 games.   Interview on Luke Stevens with Chris Bracken from Yale Daily News Chris Bracken is a sports staff writer at Yale Daily News covering hockey and other sports. He is from Boston and a sophomore at Yale planning to major in History and Classics.   Canes and Coffee: What were your first impressions of Luke Stevens at Yale after seeing him in practice, scrimmages and initial game action? Chris Bracken:  Luke is a prototypical power forward. He’s big, knows how to use his body to establish position in front of the net and has a nose to find the puck in the right areas. His goals this year weren’t the type that will make it on SportsCenter,, but Luke has a high hockey IQ, puts himself in good positions and finds pucks to finish. He plays physically, throws on some good hits, and manages to play physically and avoid taking penalties. Canes and Coffee: What role did Luke Stevens play on the 2016-17 team? Chris Bracken: Luke took a little while to adjust to college hockey. He was...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Luke Stevens (Yale University)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Luke Stevens (Yale University)

The last stop in our ‘back to school’ series that features interviews on Hurricanes prospects slated to continue their development at the NCAA level concludes with the fifth and final article today on Hurricanes prospect Luke Stevens. Below are links to the previous 4 articles in case you missed them: Matt Filipe Jack LaFontaine Max Zimmer David Cotton Luke Stevens is similar to David Cotton in that both were selected in the 2015 NHL draft but are just entering the NCAA as freshmen for the 2016-17. Stevens was selected by the Hurricanes in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL draft and played the 2015-16 season at the prep school level at Noble & Greenough School and also with the renowned Cape Cod Whalers U18 team in the Boston area.   Comments on Luke Stevens from Cape Cod Whalers U18 coach Andrew Orpik Andrew Orpik is the U18 coach for the Cape Cod Whalers which boasts an impressive list of alumni who have gone on to play at the college and NHL level. Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Luke Stevens’ game in 2-4 sentences. What are his strengths? Cape Cod Whalers U18 Coach Andrew Orpik: Luke is a big, strong forward who continued to get better the two years I coached him. He is skilled for his size but also can play a hard, physical style. He is competitive and coachable which will allow him to continue to develop as he progresses through his time at Yale.   Canes and Coffee: What areas do you see for improvement as Stevens develops as a player at the college level...