Back to School – Class of 2015: Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes, OHL)

Back to School – Class of 2015: Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes, OHL)

For anyone looking to catch up on the ‘Back to School’ series covering the Hurricanes prospects below or just graduating to the AHL level, you can find a clickable menu that includes the previous 18 ‘Back to School’ articles HERE.   Today’s entry in the ‘Back to School’ series is the second from the ‘graduating class’ of players who are moving up to the AHL level. The first graduate was Aleksi Saarela; up today is Steven Lorentz.   Steven Lorentz Steven Lorentz is a great story as a seventh-round draft pick from the 2015 NHL Draft who beat the odds and earned a professional contract. Lorentz is a power forward who just finished his fourth year with the Peterborough Petes in the OHL. In 2016-17, he netted 29 goals and collected 32 assists in 66 games while also serving as one of the Petes’ alternate captains. He is already in training camp in Charlotte and is slated to spend the 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Checkers.   Interview with Peterborough Petes Head Coach Jody Hull About the interviewee 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.   Interview on Carolina Hurricanes prospect Steven Lorentz Canes and Coffee: Please briefly describe Steven Lorentz’s four-year career with the Petes and what he meant to the team and hockey community both on and off the ice? Jody Hull: Steve’s career was interesting; he...
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 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...