Head coach Mark Morris’ first year with the Carolina Hurricanes AHL affiliate likely doesn’t look as he expected when he took the job last July. When the season opened, the Checkers had defenseman Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin—both first-year pros, but highly regarded prospects—penciled into the blueline, with the possibility that 2015 fifth overall pick Noah Hanifin could need some seasoning in Charlotte. Read more»
Jack Eichel and Sam Bennett score do-it-all goals for their respective teams, and Thomas Chabot didn’t see much of a need to pass the puck, either. Likewise, Nick Ritchie is on fire in the AHL with eight goals in his first nine games, though his game-winner this week was a little awkward. Finally, an unlikely league with a phenomenal talent is featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»
The return of Jordan Staal—and his new job centering brother Eric—has the Carolina Hurricanes off to a strong start in 2015. Unfortunately, the 2014 part of their schedule was not so kind. Despite a 6-2-1 record in January’s first nine games, the Hurricanes still reside near the bottom of the NHL standings, 20 points out of a playoff spot that has long been too far in the distance.
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