Updates from NHL Development Camps of Carolina Hurricanes, LA Kings, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, and Tampa bay Lightning
NHL Development camps are in full swing. Some are already over, some are ongoing, and some are coming up. For a complete list see my previous Ramblings with all 31 teams posted rosters and schedule.
The teams whose camps are now over include; Anaheim, Arizona, Carolina, Colorado, Columbus, Florida, LA, Nashville, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa, Vegas, Washington, and Winnipeg.
On Carolina Hurricanes, our friends at Canes and Coffee @CanesandCoffee are generous enough to share their insights from camp as founder Matt Karash was in attendance
Carolina has several center prospects poised to make the jump into the NHL, here is what Matt had to say about that…
“If the Hurricanes do not add another center, Lucas Wallmark (not at prospect camp/AHL level) is one of a few players who could compete for the fourth-line center slot in 2017-18. If they play well in preseason, Janne Kuokkanen and Nicolas Roy could emerge as dark horses to compete for the same slot.
Warren Foegele surprised during last fall’s preseason, looked very capable in exhibition games and was one of the last players cut. Though his offensive ceiling might not be as high as some others, Foegele is another dark horse to compete for a 2017-18 opening day roster spot.”
Carolinas 2017 first round pick Martin Necas was turning heads in his first NHL camp, here are Matts observations…
“2017 first-round pick Martin Necas had a strong week in Raleigh and finished even stronger in Saturday’s scrimmage. He did not score in Saturday’s scrimmage, but he demonstrated effortless speed blowing right around defenders, the ability to make plays at full speed and good hockey sense. Based on a limited sample size, I would vault Necas to the top of the Hurricanes prospect list in terms of raw scoring upside down the road even over 2016 first-rounder Julien Gauthier.”
As for the top prospects drafted in 2016 draft in Julien Gauthier and Jake Bean…
“Speaking of Julien Gauthier, he netted only one pretty backhand goal for his efforts but was arguably the most dominant player offensively in Saturday’s scrimmage. His game is that of a skilled power f