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This week on Canes and Coffee, we started a ‘report card’ series that will evaluate all (or at least very close to it) of the Canes 2016-17 roster over the course of May.
Today’s Coffee Shop is a companion to the first four entries in the 2016-17 ‘report card’ series – Victor Rask, Teuvo Teravainen, Lee Stempniak and Elias Lindholm. For the 2016-17 season, I view that set of four players as being the team’s second tier of forwards below Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal and Sebastian Aho. They represent the forward and scoring depth that is critical to success and are also the team’s best chance to add another player or two to the top tier above them. As such, this group of four is part of the equation for building a higher-end scoring line or two and at the same time having a fairly balanced top 9.
Also at Canes and Coffee today, check out today’s Daily Cup of Joe which discusses these four players.
Also find Lee Stempniak’s 2016-17 ‘report card’ article that also includes links to the first three.
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Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions
As thrilled as we are to see conversation picking up both in The Coffee Shop (and elsewhere), we value and need more opinions. Is there at least one person who reads and is ready to join the discussion today?
1) Based his second half surge, is Elias Lindholm ready to push into the Canes top tier and be a top 3-5 forward on an all season basis? Or was the second half of his 2016-17 season just the better half destined to be followed by more ups and downs in 2017-18?
2) Which of Stempniak, Rask and Teravainen has the greatest potential to play at a higher level especially in terms of scoring in 2017-18?
3) Do you see any dark horses from the depth forwards and rising prospects who could surprise and step right into a top 9 slot and excel?