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Fantasy Summary

Offensive puck mover with power play potential who thrives on the rush.


Observations

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February 2020 – Bean has been one of the best blueliners in the AHL this year, tallying 41 points in 52 games (.79 PPG), up from his .63 PPG pace last year. He has continued to hone his skill and skating, but still has a ways to go on his defensive side of the game. He just happens to be in the right system for him to make those strides at just 21 years old. Jack LeGwin

April 2019 – Coming into his first professional season in 2018-19, some doubts had creeped in as to what Bean’s projection would be at the NHL level. However, his play on the ice has silenced those doubts. With 44 points in 70 games, Bean ranked second among AHL rookie defensemen this season and his 20 power play points continue to project him as a high-level points producer from the blueline once he makes the NHL jump. The former first rounder has been the preferred call up for the Canes behind Haydn Fleury, so don’t be surprised to see his NHL minutes start to increase as early as next season. Kevin LeBlanc

May 2018 – Bean didn’t take the dominant step forward in 2018 that Canes brass would have hoped to have seen, but that doesn’t mean that it was a bad year for Carolina’s top blueline prospect. He put in a solid year’s work, splitting time between Calgary and Tri-City in the WHL and was a mainstay for Canada’s gold medal winning World Juniors team in January. Charlotte Checkers coach Mike Vellucci did a great job developing a young team in 2017-18, and Bean will be one of his biggest tasks next season. The intelligence and puck skills are there, but the young defenseman still needs work without the puck and in one-on-one situations.  Kevin LeBlanc

May 2017 – Despite playing in just 43 games due to an finger injury that plagued him at the beginning of the season, Bean had a solid developmental campaign. His point-per-game rate jumped from .94 in his draft year to 1.04 this year, and he was selected as a member of Canada’s World Junior Championship team. The 18-year-old will likely play another season in the Western Hockey League, and will again feature for Canada at the WJC, this time playing a bigger role. If healthy, Bean should be one of, if not the top scoring WHL defenseman in 2017-18. He very much has an NHL future as point producing rearguard, it just may take a few years of development.  Kevin LeBlanc

October 2016 – Bean was returned to the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen where he should be one of the best blueliners in the league. The puck-moving dynamo showed off many of the skills this summer that project him as a top-four, top power-play pairing defefender in the future. He will continue his development over the next few seasons. Kevin LeBlanc

June 2016 – As part of their campaign to strengthen a popgun offense, the Hurricanes nabbed the offensively minded rearguard. Mark Allan

March 2016 – Bean is a prolific offensive defenseman who combines fluid skating, deft passing and a strong, accurate point shot, and is able to play in all situations due to his excellent hockey sense. Jake is extremely effective in puck retrieval, though he could still improve the speed of his decision making, and is excellent at carrying the puck up the ice through traffic. While not physically imposing, Bean does not shy away from physical contact but he could stand to get stronger so as to match up against bigger forwards more effectively. His overall positioning is solid and he is able to close gaps on attackers due to excellent two-step quickness. – Aynsley Scott

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 9, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 13

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 NWCAA Stamps U15 AAHCAA U1526 1 34 16|Playoffs3 0 00
 2012-2013 Team Calgary North Alberta Cup5 0 00 0|        
  Edge School U15 PrepU15 AAA44 19 3453 24|        
 2013-2014 Edge School U16 PrepCSSHL U1624 7 1623 12|Playoffs2 1 23
  Edge School Maroon U18 AACSSHL U172 1 01 0|        
 2014-2015 Team Black U17-Dev3 1 01 2|        
  Calgary HitmenWHL51 5 3439 2|Playoffs7 2 46
  Canada Black U17WHC-175 1 34 2|        
 2015-2016 Team White U18-Dev3 1 23 2|        
  Calgary HitmenWHL68 24 4064 28|Playoffs5 0 22
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 11 4|        
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 11 0|        
 2016-2017 Calgary HitmenWHL43 8 3745 14|Playoffs4 0 22
  Canada U20WJC-207 0 22 2|        
 2017-2018 Calgary HitmenWHL25 5 2227 12|        
  Tri-City AmericansWHL32 7 1421 10|Playoffs14 1 1718
  Charlotte CheckersAHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Canada U20WJC-207 0 33 0|        
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 11 0|        
 2018-2019 Carolina HurricanesNHL2 0 00 2|        
  Charlotte CheckersAHL70 13 3144 26|Playoffs15 1 45 10 
 2019-2020 Charlotte CheckersAHL59 10 3848 34|        
 2020-2021 Chicago WolvesAHL- - -- -|        

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