Hurricanes sign Steven Lorentz to entry-level contract

Hurricanes sign Steven Lorentz to entry-level contract

Today it was announced that the Carolina Hurricanes had signed 2015 seventh-round draft pick Steven Lorentz to a pretty standard 3-year entry-level contract. After the signing of Callum Booth awhile back and then Warren Foegele and Spencer Smallman on the same day, there had been a buzz around Steven Lorentz and whether the team would end up offering a contract. It is just my hunch, but I do not think it was ever in question. My best guess is that he had done enough in the two years since being drafted and especially in the 2016-17 season to earn a contract and that the delay was just some combination of administrative and/or negotiating the deal. Lorentz has actually been featured quite a bit on Canes and Coffee in recent weeks: Just yesterday, my timely post with 5 predictions for the Hurricanes offseason had a Lorentz signing #1. (The article includes a bit of detail as to why.) This week Cory Fogg had him ranked a close second in his top 10 list of Hurricanes prospects for Canadian juniors playoff performance thus far. Steven Lorentz’s ‘Midterms’ update on February 11 and a couple side conversations at that time are what started me on the path to figuring he had done the work to progress to the AHL level.   Steven Lorentz scouting report and development path Based on his style of play, current skill set and progression over the past two years since being drafted, Steven Lorentz projects to be a third or fourth line depth forward with size, a physical edge and enough skill and scoring ability to fill...
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: Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes, Ontario Hockey League)

MIDTERMS: Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes, Ontario Hockey League)

Steven Lorentz 2016-17 season capsule Steven Lorentz was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 7th round of the 2015 NHL draft. Lorentz is a 2-way center with NHL size and some offensive ability. He is a veteran leader and alternate captain on the 2016-17 Peterborough Petes team that is currently in a playoff spot. Lorentz has 29 goals and 29 assists in 51 games this season.   Mid-season interview on Steven Lorentz with Dan Malta from Cogeco TV in Peterborough, Ontario Dan Malta is a sports producer & anchor with Cogeco TV in Peterborough, Ontario. He started covering the OHL five years ago while working as a sports reporter and anchor in Oshawa, Ontario. Dan now produces and hosts Peterborough Petes broadcasts, hosts a weekly Petes update show called “Petes This Week” and works as the pxp voice of the Cobourg Cougars (Petes Affiliate team) of the OJHL. You can follow Dan on twitter @danfromcanada for Petes updates throughout the season.   Canes and Coffee: How would you summarize Steven Lorentz’s play in 2016-17 through just more than half of the season? Dan Malta: He got off to a slow start to the season, maybe looked like he was trying to go through the opposing team all by himself. For me it just looked like he was lacking chemistry with his line mates. The guys he had the best chemistry with are no longer on the team. About mid way through January Steven really got his stride back and started looking more like the player we were familiar with. He has four-game winning goals for the Petes and...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes)

This series that both looks back at 2015-16 and forward to 2016-17 for individual Carolina Hurricanes prospects started as the ‘back to school’ series with initial profiles being of prospects heading back to school to play NCAA hockey in 2016-17. The sixth article in this series jumps across the border to Canada where players obviously play junior hockey which is not technically a school team, but I think I would stick with the ‘back to school’ theme for this young group of players who are still very much learning and developing.   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) The first profile for the Hurricanes prospects playing in Canadian junior hockey for the 2016-17 is for Steven Lorentz. Lorentz was a seventh round draft pick for the Hurricanes at the 2015 NHL draft. Lorentz is a big forward who will continue his development with the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League in 2016-17. Comments on Steven Lorentz from Peterborough Petes coach Jody Hull Jody Hull has been the Head Coach for the Peterborough Petes since assuming that role in December of 2012. Jody is a Petes alumnus and also a veteran of 831 games at the NHL level. His full bio can be found on the Peterborough Petes web site.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Steven Lorentz’s game 3-4 sentences. What are his strengths? Peterborough Petes Coach Jody...