Monday’s Coffee Shop featured a playoff theme. If you have not already, please consider stopping back in to see how CandC readers voted on the second round of the 2017 NHL playoffs. Most interesting to me was how close the polling was for picking winners for three of the series and then how lopsided the polling was for the Nashville Predators versus St. Louis Blues series.
With the Charlotte Checkers loss on Wednesday ending the 2016-17 season for all but the two Hurricanes prospects (Josh Wesley and Alex Nedeljkovic) still playing in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades.
As such, it is time to start turning our thoughts toward the 2017-18 and the summer work necessary to build the opening day roster. The all-important starting point for this project is assessing the current roster, what is reasonable to expect from those players in 2017-18 and what risks exist for setbacks with young players. The Thursday Coffee Shop partners with today’s Daily Cup of Joe in looking at key players who offered a mixed bag performance-wise in 2016-17 putting Francis in a challenging position to project what to expect for the 2017-18 season.
Carolina Hurricanes polls
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1) Without the limitations of poll choices, what are your thoughts on Cam Ward, Eddie Lack, Justin Faulk, Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm in terms of reasonable expectations for 2017-18? Which one(s) are the riskiest in terms of expecting too much based on a partial season of strong play?
2) Do you think there is any risk that one or more of the young stars in Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce or Sebastian Aho suddenly hits some growing pains and takes a step back? Or are these players bulletproof?
3) Which of the depth, AHL or below AHL prospects do you feel comfortable counting on for the 2017-18 season?