Thursday’s reader article by Craig Johnson for Canes and Coffee’s “tap takeover” was entitled, “A Pair of 3’s”. The article named three veteran players (plus an honorable mention) who were critical to the Hurricanes’ success in 2017-18 and also three rookies (also with an honorable mention) who could make a difference.

The Thursday Coffee Shop today follows a similar theme identifying critical performers among the veterans and also rookies who could become an X factor.


Carolina Hurricanes polls

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Which Hurricanes veterans are the most critical to the Carolina Hurricanes success in 2017-18? (Select up to three.)

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Which two rookies do you think will have the biggest impact at the NHL level in 2017-18?

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Discussion questions


1) Borrowing a term from Tripp Tracy, which Carolina Hurricanes player will be the most pivotal in the team’s 2017-18 season? Is there an X-factor who would help push the team to a higher level by finding a higher gear himself?

2) No doubt, a handful of rookies will see NHL ice time either to start the season or as injuries make room, but among the promising group of young players, who do you think could be an X-factor for the 2017-18 season jumping into the top half of the roster and doing much more than learning on the job at the NHL level?

3) Two positions, two questions…If _____ has a great season at forward, it bodes incredibly well for the Hurricanes. If _____ has a great season on defense, it bodes incredibly well for the Hurricanes.


Go Canes!

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