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: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ontario Hockey League)

MIDTERMS: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ontario Hockey League)

Noah Carroll 2016-17 season capsule After a tough 2015-16 season on an undermanned Guelph Storm blue line in 2015-16, Noah Carroll looked to rebound in 2016-17 and lead a better defense. He played 32 games with Guelph in 2016-17 notching 2 goals and 11 assists and improving his plus minus significantly from minus 48 during the challenging 2015-16 campaign to plus 2 in nearly half of a season in 2016-17. He was traded near the trade deadline to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where he has settled into a second pairing role and collected 5 points in his first 13 games with his new team.   Mid-season thoughts on Noah Carroll from Brock Otten from OHL Prospects Brock Otten (Twitter=@BrockOtten) is the man behind OHL Prospects, a blog that has covered the OHL extensively since 2008. Here you’ll find draft rankings, player bios, interviews, and other OHL related news.   Canes and Coffee: How would you summarize Noah Carroll’s 2016-17 season with the Guelph Storm before his trade on January 6? Brock Otten: Carroll’s time with Guelph to start the year could be characterized by the word “inconsistent.” I thought he started the year pretty well and looked refreshed and confident in the early going. But as Guelph’s losses started to pile up, Carroll’s game began to slip a bit. At times, he looked visibly frustrated out there by his inability to turn things around. Bad passes, bad pinches and some of the decision making issues that plagued him last year crept back into his game. In essence, he looked like a guy trying to do too much for...
Noah Carroll – Diamond in the Guelph?

Noah Carroll – Diamond in the Guelph?

On Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes prospects who went 3-0 in the round robin play will play in the championship game of the Traverse City NHL prospects tournament. I wrote a brief recap from the first 2 games HERE and then a recap of the third game HERE. My count says that the Hurricanes prospect roster features seven players who were selected in either the first or the second round. It also features a few other mid-round picks who have tracked well and are considered promising NHL prospects at this point in their development. Playing largely against players their own age, those higher-end prospects are expected to be at the top of the class in this tourney. But the prospect tourney also offers the chance for wild cards selected late in the draft from where few NHL players emerge to boost their stock. Hopefully I do not jinx him by writing this article before the tourney finale, but I am beginning to think that the Hurricanes found a diamond in the rough with their seventh round pick in the 2016 NHL draft.   Why he was available in the seventh round Before the start of the 2015-16 season, many scouts and analysts had Noah Carroll as a mid-round pick to be drafted as early as the third round. But he had a tough 2015-16 season. I think it is important to understand the circumstances surrounding that as a starting point for understanding why he was available in the seventh round and why that could turn out to be a steal. Brock Otten from OHL Prospects spoke about his challenging situation...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Noah Carroll (Guelph Storm)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Noah Carroll (Guelph Storm)

Canes and Coffee’s ‘back to school’ series profiling Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level features interviews from knowledgeable sources including coaches, former coaches and scouts/analysts who watch the players regularly.   Menu of Carolina Hurricanes prospect profiles thus far In case you missed them, here are links to the previous Hurricanes prospect profiles: 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)   Today’s article features Noah Carroll. Carroll was the Hurricanes sixth round draft pick in the 2016 NHL draft. The mobile defenseman will return to the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2016-17 season.   Comments on Noah Carroll from Guelph Storm coach Jarrod Skalde Jarrod Skalde was named the head coach of the Guelph Storm in December of the 2015-16 season. His accomplishments and experience prior to coaching the Storm include winning ECHL coach of the year with the Cincinnati Cyclones and working as both an assistant and then head coach the AHL level for the Norfolk Admirals. Coach Skalde’s full bio can be found on the Guelph Storm web page.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Noah Carroll’s game in 3-4 sentences. What are his strengths? Guelph Storm head coach Jarrod Skalde: Noah’s greatest strength is his skating and his ability to separate himself from the opposition. He has an effortless stride that allows him to cover a lot of ground on the ice. His first pass is an asset along with his Hockey IQ. Noah plays a skill game but will engage when...