Charlotte Checker check ins 2018: Warren Foegele

Charlotte Checker check ins 2018: Warren Foegele

The original plan was to launch into a series of check ins on Carolina Hurricanes players playing with the Checkers in 2017-18 either late this week or possibly early next week. But with the call up of Warren Foegele on Sunday and the potential for his NHL debut on Monday, the first in the series just became incredibly timely. Continuing with the theme from the recently completed series of 16 articles that checked in on Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, the AHL series will similarly gather input from hockey people who watch/track the players on a regular basis.   About the interviewee: Mike Solarte from Spectrum News Mike Solarte (Twitter=@MikeSolarte) is the NC Sports Director for Spectrum News.  Mike has been in Charlotte for 15 years, and before that was in Raleigh for 7.  You can see him Monday-Friday on Chevrolet Sports Night at 10pm.   Charlotte Checkers check in on Warren Foegele Canes and Coffee: What was your first impression of Warren Foegele in terms of skill set and strengths upon first seeing him with the Checkers early in the 2017-18 season?   Mike Solarte: Initially, my impression of Foegele was that of a kid trying to find his way, but after watching him, he showed that he was more than a kid looking around.  Foegele has good puck poise for a rookie, and remarkably, hasn’t scored a power play goal this season. He has 26 (to date), and 4 of those are short-handers. Coach Vellucci told me that because Foegele gets so much ice time as it is that he hasn’t used him on the power play...
Warren Foegele is the latest of the incoming AHL brigade

Warren Foegele is the latest of the incoming AHL brigade

Hot on the heels of a strong 2017-18 debut for Valentin Zykov, the Hurricanes announced on Sunday that Warren Foegele had been called up from Charlotte. The move nearly completes my list from March 19 with five initiatives for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. More significantly, the move suggests that someone at 1400 Edwards Mill Road might actually read Canes and Coffee which suggests that maybe Jofa goalie helmets at practice are not as much of  a pipe dream as originally thought.   A brief diversion to applaud Valentin Zykov Back to Zykov for a second…The sample size of four games is too small to draw any definitive conclusions, but it is fair to say that Valentin Zykov has been nothing short of phenomenal in three games since being recalled. After a quiet warm up game, he has two goals and two assists in a pair of games playing on the Hurricanes top scoring line with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. He brings a power forward and finishing element to a line with two skilled playmakers and thus far the result has been very productive. He likely will not continue at a 100+ point pace, but at the same time, it is not inconceivable that Zykov proves capable of leveraging his tryout to become a regular at the NHL level.   Warren Foegele – pre-AHL Up next is Warren Foegele. His ‘Pipeline’ articles can be found HERE. Perfectly timed, Foegele is the first player featured in a series of ‘Charlotte Checkers check ins’ with from the rink updates on AHL-level prospects’ 2017-18 seasons in with the Checkers. Foegele has...
Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3B: Forwards (#6-10)

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3B: Forwards (#6-10)

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe continues down the path of evaluating and ranking the Hurricanes prospects. Thus far, part 1 featured the five goalie prospects, part 2 assessed the 15 defensemen in the Hurricanes organization and part 3A had the forwards ranked #1-5. Part 3B today looks at the next set of forwards ranked #6-10. An important starting point is noting that the gap between the forwards ranked 6-10 and those ranked 1-5 yesterday is small. The ability to make even a short-term apples to apples comparison for some of these players in training camp and a couple preseason games, could easily see the top 10 completely juggled based on game action evaluations. In addition, the ultimate success of players in this age group is determined much more by how rapidly and significantly they progress than their starting points.   Prospects with top half of the roster potential and scoring upside – take two   #6 – Aleksi Saarela (Charlotte Checkers-AHL) Saarela is a bit of a wild card and a difficult player to get a read on simply because I have not been able to see him. In two summers since being acquired in the Eric Staal trade, Saarela has yet to make an appearance at PNC Arena because of injuries, being committed to play in Europe and a jump to Charlotte. But we should finally get to see Saarela live in September for the Hurricanes training camp. His resume to this point is a bit sporadic because of injuries but does feature an eye-opening short audition in Charlotte. He quickly collected 6 goals and 10 point in only...
MIDTERMS: Warren Foegele (Erie Otters, Ontario Hockey League)

MIDTERMS: Warren Foegele (Erie Otters, Ontario Hockey League)

Warren Foegele 2016-17 season capsule Warren Foegele entered the 2016-17 season as an unsigned 2014 NHL draftee. Because he was drafted as an NCAA player originally before moving the the OHL, the Hurricanes were able to maintain his contract rights through the 2016-17 season without signing him. So he arrived at the prospect camp in the summer and then the NHL training camp in the fall very much playing for a contract. And Foegele delivered. He stood out in prospect camp and followed it up by playing a key role on a top line for the prospect team that won the Traverse City tourney. Then he carried over his strong play to training camp where he again was noticeable on a regular basis with his aggressive play, skating and disruptive play without the puck. He lasted long past the normal cut dates for Canadian junior players and made a strong impression before being 1 of the final cuts. Back in juniors, Foegele had a strong 2016-17 season. In a season split almost equally between the Kingston Frontenacs and the Erie Otters, Foegele has 27 goals and 63 points in 61 games. He hit the ground running with the Erie Otters and is currently leading a checking line, playing on both special teams and chipping in significant scoring despite his defense-first role. Especially with the Hurricanes having room in Charlotte, I will be very surprised if Foegele has not earned an entry-level contract with his play in 2016-17.   Interview on Warren Foegele with Mark Scheig from The Hockey Writers Mark Scheig (Twitter=@THWMark) writes for The Hockey Writers covering the...