Lining up with the report card articles for the bottom half of the blue line that started last Thursday and carried through the weekend, the topic of the day in the Monday Coffee Shop is figuring out the 5, 6 and 7 slots for the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2017-18 blue line.
I was pretty harsh (fairly in my opinion) in awarding the groups a bunch of Cs (which is the bottom of the barrel for my sympathetic grading that has not given a D yet). Only Noah Hanifin escaped with a B- after a strong surge when challenged with a top 4 role after the trade deadline. In total, the fourth line was a weak link all season and represents an area for significant improvement in 2017-18.
With that, the Thursday Coffee Shop offers a set of polls and questions themed around building a better third pairing for the start of the 2017-18 season.
Carolina Hurricanes polls
Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.
Carolina Hurricanes discussion
With so many players, variables and combinations, let’s make the discussion open-ended but on the topic of filling the 5-7 slots on the blue line for the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster. Which prospects (if any) win slots? Would you consider adding help from outside? Are you considering Hanifin a top 4, third pairing or maybe a mix? GO!
Other than where Hanifin fits, let’s leave the top 4 out of it. That might be the follow up Coffee Shop for Thursday in which case we will have built the entirety of the 2017-18 blue line in a week’s work. 🙂