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...
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: Spencer Smallman (Saint John Sea Dogs, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League )

MIDTERMS: Spencer Smallman (Saint John Sea Dogs, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League )

Spencer Smallman 2016-17 season capsule 2015 fifth-round draftee Spencer Smallman is playing in his fifth season with the Saint John Sea Dogs including the past 2 seasons as the team’s captain. Smallman has had a strong 2016-17 campaign. He has collected 30 goals and 79 points in 60 games and also captained his team to the top record in the regular season in the QMJHL. With trade deadline additions including Hurricanes’ prospects Julien Gauthier and Callum Booth, the post-season will present a chance for Spencer Smallman to put an exclamation point on a strong season likely before signing an entry-level deal and moving up to the AHL for 2017-18.   Interview on Spencer Smallman with Craig Eagles from Co-Coaches Corner Blog Craig Eagles (Twitter=@Eags37) is a high school teacher from Moncton, New Brunswick Canada. Craig has been covering the QMJHL Moncton Wildcats and Saint John Sea Dogs and has been a television colour analyst for the past three seasons. In 2012, Craig started the Co Coaches Corner Blog  and currently contributes to The Q News. This past December Craig joined Central Scouting and is currently the New Brunswick Regional Scout for QMJHL.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Spencer Smallman’s play in 2016-17? What has been his role with the Saint John Sea Dogs this season? Craig Eagles: Spencer has been a great captain in my opinion. The team has faced a lot of adversity this season on and off the ice, and I personally think Spencer has displayed great leadership.  Spencer plays in every situation for Head Coach Danny Flynn and plays big minutes.  Spencer is a...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Spencer Smallman (Saint John-QMJHL)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Spencer Smallman (Saint John-QMJHL)

After a brief hiatus for the start of the Carolina Hurricanes training camp and preseason, our ‘back to school’ series surges on. Spencer Smallman marks the 13th Carolina Hurricanes prospect below the AHL featured in this series.   Menu of links to previous Carolina Hurricanes prospect ‘back to school’ articles 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 Spencer Smallman was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL draft. He is a strong 2-way player with size, strength and a hard-working style that projects well to the NHL. He returns to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the 2016-17 season.   Interview with Saint John Sea Dogs head coach Danny Flynn Head Coach Danny Flynn was named the sixth head coach in Sea Dogs’ history in May 2015 after spending the previous season as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. Prior to that Flynn spent 6 seasons as head coach of the Moncton Wildcats where he guided the team to the 2010 President Cup Championship, and he coached Saint Francis Xavier University for 8 seasons and led the team to the 2004 Cavendish Cup as the Canadian university champions. Head Coach Danny Flynn’s full bio can be found on the Saint John Sea Dogs web site. With quality...