Assessing Martin Necas and his ultimate destination for the 2017-18 season

Assessing Martin Necas and his ultimate destination for the 2017-18 season

For Monday’s Daily Cup of Joe, I looked at 10 of the 11 players still on the training camp roster and considered the potential for each to make the 2017-18 Hurricanes opening day roster. That article saved arguably the biggest training camp try out player right now in Martin Necas. Necas was drafted in the first round at #12 overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. He arrived maybe a bit more of an unknown than some of the North American players who receive more media attention leading up to the draft, but he quickly made a name for himself with a strong prospect camp and Traverse City tourney. You can find comments from Hurricanes Head European Scout Robert Kron in our ‘Back to School’ article on Martin Necas from prior to training camp. Martin Necas has continued his momentum into the NHL training camp and preseason schedule. He caught Bill Peters’ eye early and with his start on Wednesday night is the only player to have played in five of the six preseason games. Heading into Wednesday’s game, he had collected only a lone assist and put only two shots on goal, but he had also shown that he can play at NHL speed and also exhibited flashes of offensive brilliance. Through six of seven preseason games, he has at a minimum played his way into consideration for a trial run at the NHL level. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe looks at Martin Necas’ situation on a couple levels deep.   Three considerations for Martin Necas’ ultimate 2017-18 destination Three factors will come into play in determining where Martin...
Back to School – Class of 2017: Martin Necas

Back to School – Class of 2017: Martin Necas

Under cover of the quiet of August, we at Canes and Coffee have been sending emails in a couple dozen directions with the aim of checking in on the Hurricanes prospects who played the 2016-17 season below the AHL level. Similar to the vast majority of our prospect coverage for the 2017-18, we will again lean heavily on short interviews with scouts and analyst local to the players who were able to watch them regularly during the 2016-17 season. Our series of ‘Back to School’ articles kicks off today with a profile and check in on 2017 first-round draft pick Martin Necas.   Martin Necas Martin Necas is the Hurricanes’ most recent first-round draft pick, selected #13 overall in the 2017 NHL draft. He is a skilled and speedy forward with a nose for the net. He played the 2016-17 season in his native Czech Republic, and rumored (not confirmed) to be joining the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League (assuming he does not surprise and make the NHL roster) for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Carolina Hurricanes Robert Kron, Head European Scout for the Carolina Hurricanes About the author Robert Kron is the Head European Scout for the Carolina Hurricanes. Robert’s Hurricanes history dates back to the 1997-98 season when he was part of the inaugural Hurricanes team. In addition to three years with the Carolina Hurricanes, Robert’s NHL career spanned 12 seasons including three with the Carolina Hurricanes. In 771 games in the NHL, he scored 144 goals and collected 338 points.   Interview on Hurricanes prospect Martin Necas Canes and Coffee: When initially scouting Martin...
Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3A: Forwards (#1-5)

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3A: Forwards (#1-5)

After a delay while covering the news of Brett Pesce’s contract extension (‘Initial thoughts’ are HERE, and ‘A second level of detail is HERE.), today’s Daily Cup of Joe is part 3A of a series assessing and ranking the Hurricanes prospects. Part 1 featured the five goalie prospects, and part 2 assessed the 15 defensemen in the Hurricanes organization. Part 3A today starts into the sizable group of prospect and AHL veteran forwards. So I can discuss at least the top half of the group in some detail without writing a novel, the forwards will be split into a couple parts.   Forwards Whereas the Hurricanes blue line prospect pool has a couple good high-end prospects but is actually a bit thin simply because so many young players have already jumped to the NHL level (which is obviously the goal, so that is a good thing), I would say that Francis’ restocking of the prospect pool is complete at the forward position. My rough count is 9 forwards who are capable of playing in the top half of an NHL roster and a good mix of centers and wings, size and speed, and skill and size. At the NHL level, I think the Hurricanes current strength is its young defense, but one level lower in the prospect pool I think the greatest strength is at the forward position. Without further ado, here are the top 5 forward prospect rankings…   Prospects with top half of the roster potential and scoring upside #1 – Julien Gauthier (Charlotte Checkers-AHL) Gauthier (Article log HERE) is nearly in a class by himself in...
Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 First-round draft pick Martin Necas

Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 First-round draft pick Martin Necas

If you want a quick Twitter-size burst profile of Czech forward Martin Necas, check the @CanesandCoffee Twitter stream from Friday night at about 8pm when a few respected scouts/media generously shared their insights and were retweeted. Also check out an article for Saturday morning speculating on the Hurricanes current trade situation, and also the small library of reading leading in our “Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Central.”   Martin Necas profile Martin Necas is a center from the Czech Republic. The Hurricanes press release lists him at 6-1 and 178 pounds. Following a common theme among the majority of Hurricanes draftees, Francis used the words “skill and smarts” to describe him. The press release which can be found in its entirety HERE, also quoted the NHL’s Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb, who said Necas “is a very good skater with acceleration and speed.” Speed and skating were the most noticeable theme from a few comments I received on Twitter from scouts after Necas’ selection. Grant McCagg from Recrutes.ca called Necas the “best skating forward in the draft.” Kevin LeBlanc from DobberProspects started with “speedy” as well. The team from Draftin Europe also chimed in with “competitive, tireless fast skater…” I am on record repeatedly as taking skating above all else in today’s NHL, so Necas starting point in that regard with skill and tenacity on top of it has me excited to see him at next week’s prospect camp (not sure when we will know if he is confirmed). A look at a variety of draft rankings have Necas pretty consistently slotted between eight and about fourteenth. So...