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...
Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: TL;DR…It was a real good week

Hurricanes Prospect Power Rankings: TL;DR…It was a real good week

Thursday at Canes and Coffee is taking on a “the future is bright” theme. Check out also part 1 of Jordan Futrell’s Charlotte Checkers playoff series preview HERE, and come back and look for part 2 mid-day on Thursday. If you haven’t already, please help us prepare for the 2017-18 season by completing a short survey and considering a modest financial contribution.   I love nerding out on hockey. It’s just such a fun sport any way you look at it. Especially when the statistical research shows how awesome the Hurricanes prospect pool is right now. The number of prospects in this week’s Power Rankings has dropped to nine (bye, Jake Bean). Trying to rank the Top 5 this week was especially problematic, as multiple Hurricanes prospects decided to step up their games in the last week, and really deliver for their teams in the playoffs. Suffice it to say, that’s a very good problem to have. Let’s get to it:   1. Janne Kuokkanen – London Knights (Last week #3) 10 Goals – 6 Assists – 16 Points in 14 games London was just eliminated by Warren Foegele and the Erie Otters (more on that below), but there is no way London pushes this series to 7 games without Kuokkanen. He carried London’s offense throughout the playoffs, finishing with three more goals and four more points than the 2nd highest Knight. He was also a finalist for OHL Player of the Week. Breaking News: As I’m posting this, the Checkers have added Kuokkanen to the playoff roster. I believe he’s still CHL-bound next year, but as London is done,...
Hurricanes Prospect Update: Top 10 Canadian Juniors Playoff Performances

Hurricanes Prospect Update: Top 10 Canadian Juniors Playoff Performances

For “playoff day” at Canes and Coffee, please also check out Jordan Futrell’s update on the Checkers’ playoff chase and Matt Karash’s Canes NHL playoff guide featuring draft pick implications and a roundup of former Hurricanes players in the NHL postseason.   I don’t know about you all, but I’m not at all ready for hockey to be done. Luckily in addition to our surging AHL team, Canes nation still has 10 prospects still active up in Canadian juniors, where the playoffs are in full swing. I was initially going to include the college prospects too, but wouldn’t you know it, not a single Canes college prospect made the NCAA tournament. Not even David Cotton’s Boston College and they are usually disgustingly consistent like that. Still, entirely for the purposes of this article, this is a good thing, because now I can easily format this Hurricanes prospect playoff update into a convenient Top 10 list. RANDOM SLIGHTLY UNRELATED BREAKING NEWS There’s the first move. Ron Francis says that David Marcoux’s contract will not be renewed. #Canes — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) April 12, 2017 So let’s not draw this out: Here’s how the Hurricanes’ Canadian juniors prospects are faring with the lights glaring, ranked entirely on my subjective statistical analysis.   1. Steven Lorentz – Peterborough Petes 6 Goals – 4 Assists – 10 Points in 7 games. Yeah, this wasn’t the first name you expected to see on this list, was it? Well, Lorentz has been the top scorer for a Peterborough team that hasn’t lost yet. They swept Niagara in Round 1 of the OHL playoffs and...
MIDTERMS: Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)

MIDTERMS: Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)

Today’s ‘Midterms’ update on Hurricanes prospect Nicolas Roy completes the series of check ins on all 17 Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level. You find the clickable menu for the previous 16 articles at the bottom of this article.   Nicolas Roy 2016-17 season capsule Nicolas Roy had another strong campaign in junior hockey during the 2016-17 season. He has captained his team to the playoffs. He has lead his team in scoring with 36 goals and 44 assists despite playing only 53 regular season games due to time lost playing in the world juniors tournament. And he has taken another step forward in his NHL development and accomplished about all he can at the junior level. He still has a final playoff run in front of him, but he is already under contract and will make the jump to the AHL once his juniors season ends.   Interview on Nicolas Roy with Steve Kournianos from The Draft Analyst Steve Kournianos (Twitter=@thedraftanalyst) is the founder and publisher of www.thedraftanalyst.com which covers NHL prospects pre and post-draft.   Canes and Coffee: How would you summarize/describe Nicolas Roy’s play in during 2016-17 regular season? Steve Kournianos: He had another solid year for Chicoutimi, which was bolstered by the addition of German Rubtsov (Flyers 2016 1st rounder). Overall, the Saguenéens are his team, and they don’t go far without him. He was logging a lot of minutes and was used in all situations, and would have been one of only a few QMJHL’ers with a 100-point season had he not missed 15 games. Canes and Coffee: Comparing Nicolas Roy’s 2015-16 season to the current...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)

Next up in the ‘back to school’ series featuring Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level is Nicolas Roy. Menu of previous ‘back to school’ articles on Hurricanes prospects For anyone just returning to hockey after the offseason, here is a catch up reading list for similar articles on other Hurricanes prospects: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University) Jack LaFontaine (University of Michigan) Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin) David Cotton (Boston College) Luke Stevens (Yale University) Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes) Noah Carroll (Guelph Storm) Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen) Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs) Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs) Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts) Aleksi Saarela (Lukko Rauma-Finnish Elite League) Spencer Smallman (Saint John) Janne Kuokkanen (Karpat U20 Finland=>London Knights)   Nicolas Roy Nicolas Roy was the true definition of a true value pick for the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2015 NHL draft. Roy entered the 2014-15 season projected to be a first round selection in the following NHL draft. After a lackluster 2014-15 season, his stock dropped and Hurricanes GM Ron Francis swooped in to select Roy in the fourth round. Roy rebounded with a strong 2015-16 season basically doubling his previous season scoring total and reestablishing himself as an NHL prospect. After a short stint in the NHL training camp, Nicolas Roy has already rejoined the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the 2016-17 season.   Interview with Chicoutimi Sagueneens head coach and general manager Yanick Jean on Nicolas Roy Yanick Jean was named the head coach and general manager of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in November of 2014. Prior to joining the Sagueneens, Jean’s career included head coaching duties...