Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3B: Forwards (#6-10)

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3B: Forwards (#6-10)

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe continues down the path of evaluating and ranking the Hurricanes prospects. Thus far, part 1 featured the five goalie prospects, part 2 assessed the 15 defensemen in the Hurricanes organization and part 3A had the forwards ranked #1-5. Part 3B today looks at the next set of forwards ranked #6-10. An important starting point is noting that the gap between the forwards ranked 6-10 and those ranked 1-5 yesterday is small. The ability to make even a short-term apples to apples comparison for some of these players in training camp and a couple preseason games, could easily see the top 10 completely juggled based on game action evaluations. In addition, the ultimate success of players in this age group is determined much more by how rapidly and significantly they progress than their starting points.   Prospects with top half of the roster potential and scoring upside – take two   #6 – Aleksi Saarela (Charlotte Checkers-AHL) Saarela is a bit of a wild card and a difficult player to get a read on simply because I have not been able to see him. In two summers since being acquired in the Eric Staal trade, Saarela has yet to make an appearance at PNC Arena because of injuries, being committed to play in Europe and a jump to Charlotte. But we should finally get to see Saarela live in September for the Hurricanes training camp. His resume to this point is a bit sporadic because of injuries but does feature an eye-opening short audition in Charlotte. He quickly collected 6 goals and 10 point in only...
MIDTERMS: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University)

MIDTERMS: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University)

Our midterm check in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL started earlier this week with an update last week on Hurricanes prospect and Boston College player David Cotton that you can find HERE.   Quick background on Matt Filipe Matt Filipe is a power forward who was 1 of the Carolina Hurricanes’ third round picks in the 2016 NHL draft. Filipe is in the middle of his freshman season at Northeastern University. Also, if you missed them or want a refresher, here are 2 more articles on today’s prospect, Matt Filipe from Northeastern University. Our BACK TO SCHOOL check in on Filipe in early September included short interviews with Filipe’s USHL coach from 2015-16 and also pre-arrival thoughts from Northeastern Prior to that our ‘Reading List’ article for Filipe from just after the NHL draft includes links to 5 articles about Filipe pre-draft.   Check in on Matt Filipe’s freshman season at Northeastern University with Mike Downie from the Northeastern Hockey Blog Mike Downie covers Northeastern University Huskies hockey for the Northeastern Hockey Blog (Twitter=@NUHockeyBlog) which provides high-end insight, opinions, and news regarding the Northeastern Men’s Hockey program.   Canes and Coffee: What were your first impressions of freshman Matt Filipe after seeing him in his first few games in a Northeastern Huskies uniform this past fall? Mike Downie from Northeastern Hockey Blog: Matt Filipe had a bit of a slow start to his collegiate career before coming into his own, which we’ll delve further into in a bit. The adjustment period was not remotely unexpected, as he’s one of the relatively rare 18 year old “true” freshmen playing college hockey...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University)

With throngs of traditional calendar public school children in Raleigh and the rest of Wake County returning to school this week, it seems like a good time to check in on the newest Hurricanes prospects who are headed off to play NCAA hockey. Each of hopefully a couple articles will feature short exit interviews from each player’s previous coach and also some insight into their new situation from someone who covers their NCAA team. First up is Matt Filipe whom the Carolina Hurricanes selected in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft. Filipe played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the USHL for the 2015-16 season and will be joining the Northeastern Huskies for the 2016-17 season. A good collection of reading from prior to Filipe being drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes can be found HERE. You can also find short notes on Matt Filipe’s play in the scrimmage at the end of Canes prospect camp in July.   Comments from Matt Filipe’s USHL coach Mark Carlson Mark Carlson is the President, Head Coach and General Manager of the USHL Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. His illustrious career includes multiple championships (including 2015-16) and 3 USHL Coach of the Year awards. His full bio can be found on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders web site. Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Matt Filipe’s game in 2-3 sentences. What are his strengths? RoughRiders Coach Mark Carlson: Matt is a powerful winger that skates very well and has a scoring touch. Matt is a team player.   Canes and Coffee: What areas do you see for improvement at Northeastern University as he continues to...
Carolina Hurricanes NHL Draft 2016: Reading list for #67 (3rd round) pick Matt Filipe

Carolina Hurricanes NHL Draft 2016: Reading list for #67 (3rd round) pick Matt Filipe

Click HERE to go to the menu for all of the Hurricanes 2016 draftees.   Profile for Matt Filipe (added 7/5/16 before prospect camp) Matt Filipe was 1 of 3 players that the Carolina Hurricanes third round of the 2016 NHL draft. Filipe is a power forward with a physical edge. He is a Boston native who played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the USHL for the 2015-16 and will be playing at Northeastern University in the upcoming season. The written profiles and comments on the 6-2 203-pound Filipe and his mobility are reminiscent of a young Erik Cole.   Reading list of external articles about Matt Filipe Ben Kerr from Last Word on Sports offers this profile. Fluto Shinzawa wrote about Boston area Filipe shortly before the draft. Added 7/5/16 before Canes prospect camp—————————————- Scott Powers from USHL.com’s web site offered this assessment of Filipe’s adjustment to the USHL in December. Jeff Cox from ESPN’s Boston High School Report for hockey noted Filipe as the top-rated local prospect entering the NHL draft. Northeastern University offers this profile for Filipe.     Go...