Today’s edition stays in the NCAA and checks in on 2015 draftee and Yale University sophomore Luke Stevens.
Forward Luke Stevens was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft. He brings good NHL size at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 205 pounds, skill and NHL pedigree with a father who had a successful NHL career. Following a 2016-17 freshman season that was cut short by an injury, Stevens is now in his sophomore season at Yale University.
Interview with Jane Miller from the Yale Daily News
About the Interviewee
Interview on Luke Stevens
Canes and Coffee: What has been Luke Stevens’ role for Yale thus far during the 2017-18 season?
Jane Miller: Although Yale head coach Keith Allain has played with switching up his team’s offensive combinations this season, forward Luke Stevens ’20 has been a consistent member of the offense thus far in the 2017–18 campaign. After an injury freshman year kept him sidelined for roughly half of his debut season, Stevens has since recovered and has skated for the Bulldogs in 18 of their 20 games during his sophomore year.
Canes and Coffee: Can you please provide a short summary of Luke Stevens’ 2017-18 season so far?
Jane Miller: Stevens has recorded a respectable four goals and four assists so far in the 2017–18 season. His first goal of the season came in a huge rivalry win over then-No. 3 Harvard on the road in November. Most notably, last weekend Stevens notched two goals against ECAC hockey foes RPI and Union, tallying both a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal to help Yale earn two points on the weekend.
Canes and Coffee: In what areas do you notice the most progress in Luke Stevens’ development from last season to this one?
Jane Miller: In addition to recovering from the injury that hampered his rookie season, Stevens has doubled his scoring from last season in roughly the same number of games. He, along with his fellow sophomore teammates, appear more able to handle the fast pace of collegiate play and look stronger on the ice with a year of experience under their belts.
Canes and Coffee: Is there anything else about Luke Stevens and/or his 2017-18 season that would be of interest to Carolina Hurricanes fans tracking him from afar?
Jane Miller: Luke has scored for Yale in three of its past five games, which shows he’s only continuing to grow and excel on the ice.
Canes and Coffee would like to extend a huge thank you to Jane Miller from the Yale Daily News for generously sharing her ‘from the rink’ insight on Hurricanes prospect Luke Stevens.