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: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

MIDTERMS: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

After a hiatus for the 2017 NHL trade deadline, we return to our ‘Midterms’ series that checks in on the Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level. These articles leverage the insight of scouts, analysts and media who watch these players regularly and offer a ‘from the rink’ perspective on these young future Hurricanes players. If you are catching up, you can find a clickable menu of the previous ‘Midterm’ check ins on a number of Hurricanes prospects at the bottom of the article.   Max Zimmer 2016-17 season capsule Max Zimmer was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL draft. After playing for the Chicago Steel in the USHL in 2015-16, Zimmer enrolled at the University of Wisconsin and is a freshman there for the 2016-17 season. Zimmer is a 6-0 forward whose greatest projectable strength is probably his speed and skating ability. As a freshman, Zimmer has collected 3 goals and 6 assists in 30 games playing primarily left wing on 1 of the Badgers’ top 3 forward lines.   Mid-season interview on Max Zimmer with Andy Baggot from Andy Baggot at UWBadgers.com Andy Baggot (Twitter=@AndyBaggot) is a long-time writer and reporter for University of Wisconsin athletics including hockey. Previously with the Wisconsin State Journal, Andy now covers Wisconsin athletics for UWBadgers.com.   Canes and Coffee: What were your first impressions of freshman Max Zimmer after seeing him in his first few games in a Wisconsin Badgers uniform this past fall? Andy Baggot: Very impressed. Skates extremely well and has a nose for the net. Really like his playmaking instincts. Canes and Coffee:...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin)

Yesterday in part 1 of a ‘back to school’ series, I was lucky enough to get short interviews with Hurricanes prospect Matt Filipe’s 2015-16 USHL coach and also a great great site that covers Northeastern University which is where he will be playing in 2016-17. Part 2 features Max Zimmer whom the Carolina Hurricanes selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL draft. Zimmer played for Chicago Steel in the USHL and will join the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA ranks for his freshman year in 2016-17. A collection of reading on Max Zimmer from before the Carolina Hurricanes drafted him an be found HERE.   Comments from Max Zimmer’s USHL coach Dan Muse Dan Muse is the head coach of the Chicago Steel where he will be entering his second year at the helm. Prior to coaching the Steel, Muse spent 6 seasons at Yale University with the last 2 in an associate head coach role. Yale’s accomplishments while Muse was there include 4 NCAA tourney berths and a 2013 NCAA national title. His full bio can be found on the Chicago Steel web page HERE.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Max Zimmer’s game in 2-3 sentences. What are his strengths? Chicago Steel Coach Dan Muse: Max is an elite skater that plays a high tempo game. He combines his speed, quickness and mobility with a strong skill set, accurate shot, and playmaking ability. He did a great job over the past year at developing his defensive game and game away from the puck.   Canes and Coffee: What areas do you see for improvement...
Profile and reading list for Max Zimmer — Hurricanes 2016 4th round draft pick

Profile and reading list for Max Zimmer — Hurricanes 2016 4th round draft pick

Click HERE to go to the menu for all of the Hurricanes 2016 draftees.   Profile for Max Zimmer Max Zimmer was the Hurricanes fourth-round selection in the 2016 NHL draft. Zimmer is a forward who played for the Chicago Steel in USHL in 2015-16 and who is scheduled to join the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team for the 2015-16 season. In any profile or article about Zimmer, the word that consistently jumps to the forefront is “speed.” Zimmer is noted for his 2-way play and ability to use his speed and skating ability to make an impact playing a 200-foot game.   Reading list of external articles about Max Zimmer Scott Powers from USHL.com noted Zimmer’s rising game back in November. Joshua Boyd at USA Junior Hockey Magazine wrote this profile on Zimmer. Andy Baggot from UWBadgers.com includes Zimmer in his article highlighting the University of Wisconsin players selected at the 2016 NHL draft.   See him on PNC Arena ice in a Hurricanes uniform for the first time this week on Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30pm for practices and Saturday at 12pm for the Hurricanes prospect camp scrimmage. Parking and admission are free; concessions are available but not free.   Go...