Back to School – Class of 2017: Ville Rasanen (Jokipojat, Mestis — Finland)

Back to School – Class of 2017: Ville Rasanen (Jokipojat, Mestis — Finland)

For anyone catching up or looking for something to bookmark, the menu of ‘Back to School’ articles with clickable links including yesterday’s article on Eetu Makiniemi is HERE.   Today’s entry in Canes and Coffee’s ‘Back to School’ series stays in Finland but moves from the crease to the blue line.   Ville Rasanen Representing the Hurricanes third 2017 draft pick from Finland, defenseman Ville Rasanen was selected by the Hurricanes in the seventh and final round. Rasanen split his 2016-17 season between U20 junior and men’s in Finland. At 6 feet 2 inches tall, Rasanen possesses a frame that projects well for the NHL and also good skating ability. With that comes upside and hopefully a diamond in the rough in the seventh round.   Interview with Carolina Hurricanes Robert Kron, Head European Scout for the Carolina Hurricanes About the interviewee Robert Kron is the Head European Scout for the Carolina Hurricanes. Robert’s Hurricanes history dates back to the 1997-98 season when he was part of the inaugural Hurricanes team. In addition to three years with the Carolina Hurricanes, Robert’s NHL career spanned 12 seasons including three with the Carolina Hurricanes. In 771 games in the NHL, he scored 144 goals and collected 338 points.   Interview on Hurricanes prospect Ville Rasanen Canes and Coffee: What jumped out to you and the scouting team about Ville Rasanen that put him on the Hurricanes draft list? Robert Kron: Ville’s skating and hockey sense are two things that our scout Joni Pitkanen, a former Canes defenseman, pointed out when he saw him play. He is a player with very good upside...
Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 2: Defensemen

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 2: Defensemen

Early on Monday morning, I started on a tour of the Hurricanes prospect pool and even talked myself into forging down the road of doing rankings at least at a positional level. The first article in the series which you can find here addressed the goalies.   Defensemen Part two will look at the prospect pool for the blue line. Because the Hurricanes have spent so many recent high draft picks on defensemen and also benefited from Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce rising up ahead of schedule, the general perception in our Hurricanes hockey community seems to be that the team is deep in terms of youth on the blue line. That is very clearly true at the NHL level where the team boasts a top with an average age under 23, but the rapid rise of the young NHL group has actually left a bit of a gap behind them in terms of the prospect pool. Francis restocked a bit in the 2017 NHL draft selecting three defensemen and there are still a couple higher-end players who are near NHL-ready but the volume of depth is actually still a little bit light right now. Without further ado, here is my ranking for the Hurricanes defense prospect pool…   Established prospects with top half of the roster potential #1 – Haydn Fleury (Charlotte Checkers-AHL) Fleury (Article log HERE) tops my list of prospect defensemen based on both reasonably high upside and a high probability of at least some leve of success. I have had him penciled in as a #5/#6 defenseman at the NHL level for some time now....
Ville Rasanen: Hurricanes 2017 seventh-round draft pick (#197 overall)

Ville Rasanen: Hurricanes 2017 seventh-round draft pick (#197 overall)

A menu of profiles and reading lists for the other eight players drafted in the 2017 NHL Draft is HERE.   Ville Rasanen profile and history Rasanen is a 6 feet 2 inch and 168-pound defenseman out of Finland. Like many final round draft choices, profiles and other detailed scouting information on Rasanen is sparse. In the article on CarolinaHurricanes.com, he was described as “He’s a great, tremendous skater. Explosive.” Being a tremendous skater is obviously a great starting point, after leaning offense in the early rounds, Rasanen adds another defenseman to the mix.   Ville Rasanen reading list Elite Prospects profile page for Rasanen at least provides a chronology and statistics for Rasanen’s career thus far.   Articles and more detailed information will be added as found.   Go Canes!...