2018 MIDTERMS: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

2018 MIDTERMS: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

After a couple stops in Finland for “Midterms” articles on goalie Eetu Makiniemi and forward Eetu Luostarinen, the series returns to the the NCAA ranks in the United States for an update on Max Zimmer who is the sixth and final college player in the Hurricanes prospect pool.   Max Zimmer Zimmer was the Hurricanes’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Continuing with the common theme for the forward prospect pool, Zimmer is another player who projects well in terms of the combination of size/strength and skating ability. Zimmer made the jump straight from USHL into his freshman season for 2016-17 without the extra USHL preparation that is common for NCAA players. He finished the 2016-17 season with three goals and six assists in 35 games and is now in the midst of his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin.   Interview with Ethan Levy from The Daily Cardinal About the interviewee Ethan Levy (Twitter=@E_Levy3) is a student at UW-Madison. He writes for The Daily Cardinal, one of the student newspapers and has been covering the Men’s Hockey team for the last two seasons.    Interview on Max Zimmer Canes and Coffee: Now in his sophomore season, what has been Max Zimmer’s role for Wisconsin thus far during the 2017-18 season? Ethan Levy: Zimmer has played in multiple different roles this season. He has played on lines 1-4, used both as a skilled player and a grinder who forechecks strong and creates offense off the dump and chase. Zimmer was not really used on the powerplay earlier in the season, but has been playing on the second...
Back to School – Class of 2016: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

Back to School – Class of 2016: Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

If you are catching up, Max Zimmer is the 15th article in the ‘Back to School’ series which is checking in on all of the Carolina Hurricanes prospects either below the AHL level or just moving up the AHL for the 2017-18 season. You can find a clickable menu of the previous articles HERE.   Today’s ‘Back to School’ article returns to the NCAA ranks and makes the first stop back in the Midwest with a check in on University of Wisconsin forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Max Zimmer.   Max Zimmer Zimmer was the Hurricanes’ fourth-round pick in the recently completed 2017 NHL Draft. Continuing with the common theme for the forward prospect pool, Zimmer is another player who projects well in terms of the combination of size/strength and skating ability. Zimmer made the jump straight from USHL into his freshman season for 2016-17 without the extra USHL preparation that is common for NCAA players. He finished the 2016-17 season with three goals and six assists in 35 games.   Interview with Wisconsin Head Coach Tony Granato About the interviewee Tony Granato is in his second season as the Head Coach for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team. He joined Wisconsin after 13 years as either an assistant or a head coach at the NHL level, including three years as the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche and his most recent stint as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to his coaching career, Granato’s accolades and accomplishments as a player included a 13-year NHL career, four 30-goal seasons in the NHL, an Olympic appearance...
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...