The Carolina Hurricanes are a aggressive staff and ought to be thought-about a Stanley Cup contender. The Hurricanes have a younger core of forwards they’ve constructed round which the staff drafted and developed. Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Martin Necas, and Seth Jarvis are all home-grown prospects, and underneath 25 years previous.
The staff has solely chosen inside the highest ten of the NHL Draft as soon as (Andrei Svechnikov 2nd in 2018) since 2016, and so they nonetheless have a powerful prospect pool. Give the Hurricanes scouting employees a number of credit score as they constantly draft and develop NHL expertise within the second half of the draft. Morgan Geekie, Nicolas Roy, Steve Lorentz, Warren Foegele, and Jacob Slavin have all performed over 100 NHL video games and are picked 67th or later.
The present prospect pool might lack a number of blue-chip prospects, but it surely has good depth and there might be a number of gamers that discover their means into the NHL inside its ranks.
Prime 10 Carolina Hurricanes Prospects
1. Pyotr Kochetkov, G – Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Drafted: 2019 spherical two thirty sixth total by Carolina Hurricanes
“Koochie” first caught my consideration after being named the WJC Finest Goalie and backstopping Russia to a Bronze Medal. Following that efficiency his KHL profession was irritating getting used sparingly with SKA St. Petersburg earlier than a commerce to Torpedo the place he performed in 23 video games in 2021-22, posting a 10-10-2 report on a non-playoff staff.
When the KHL season ended he moved to North America and made a splash within the AHL with a glowing 13-1-2 report that earned him some NHL time when accidents offered a possibility. Koochie completed the 12 months within the AHL main the Wolves to a Calder Cup Championship with a playoff stat line of 1.65 GAA and a .950 SV%, successful 5 of six video games performed with two shutouts alongside the best way.
Kochetkov will spend the majority of his first full season in North America within the AHL as Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta are underneath contract. Each are on expiring offers which is able to open the door for Kochetkov to interrupt into the NHL and turn out to be the franchise’s beginning goalie subsequent 12 months.
2. Scott Morrow, RD – Umass (NCAA)
Drafted: 2021 spherical two fortieth total by Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina has a core of youth up entrance and have two high prospects coming down the pipe to bolster the objective and defence place in Kochetkov and Morrow. The pandemic might have derailed some paths for prospects. Morrow was presupposed to play within the USHL in 2020-21 however remained in highschool with Shattuck St. Mary’s. It didn’t stunt his growth final 12 months as an NCAA freshman because the right-shot defender scored 13 objectives and 33 factors in 37 video games as a top-pairing defender for the Minutemen.
Morrow has returned for his freshman season the place he ought to be a dominant participant. Search for Carolina to signal Morrow following the conclusion of his college 12 months and start his professional profession. Morrow has the upside to be a top-pairing defender and may exchange Brent Burns as energy play quarterback sooner or later.
3. Jack Drury, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Drafted: 2018 spherical two forty second total by Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina’s second-round choice from 2018 continues to develop and development up. Drury scored over a degree per recreation in his two seasons within the NCAA with Harvard earlier than the pandemic ended his time within the NCAA because the Ivy League groups didn’t play.
Drury discovered a house within the SHL with Vaxjo the place he scored 30 factors in 41 video games and helped lead the Lakers to a SHL Championship with 11 factors in 14 playoff video games. Drury returned to North America final 12 months within the AHL and gained one other Championship with Chicago the place he scored 52 factors in 68 common season video games and one other 24 factors in 18 playoff video games. His play was rewarded with a two-game NHL recall, and he scored two objectives in his temporary audition. Drury is on the cusp of turning into a top-six NHL common.
4. Ville Koivunen, LD – Karpat (Liiga)
Drafted: 2021 spherical two 51st total by Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina has been profitable in mining prospects from Finland, and so they have discovered one other gem within the offensive defender in Koivunen. Final 12 months was his rookie marketing campaign within the Liiga on a powerful Karpat squad and he didn’t disappoint. Teenage prospects can battle to seek out minutes within the high professional leagues in Europe, however Koivunen performed his means right into a high pairing function with Topi Niemela and scored 29 factors in 53 video games.
He’s again in Finland on mortgage to Karpat for the 2022-23 season the place he ought to see loads of minutes and be a high participant for Finland on the WJC earlier than probably heading to North America for the 2023-24 season.
Nonetheless solely 19 years previous, the Hurricanes might be affected person together with his growth and provides him the time he must spherical out his two-way recreation and refine his skating, which can not take lengthy.
5. Noel Gunler, RW – Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Drafted: 2020 spherical two forty first total by Carolina Hurricanes
As a 20-year-old Gunler performed a top-six function within the SHL with Brynas with a semi-breakout efficiency of 13 objectives and 23 factors in 52 video games. He completed the 12 months within the AHL with 5 factors in 11 common season video games.
Gunler has a very good shot and is robust on the puck. He performs a professional recreation already and might not be lengthy for the AHL. Search for the Swede to play a giant function for the Wolves and have a cup of espresso within the NHL this 12 months, and significantly compete for an NHL roster spot in 2023-24.
6. Alexander Nikishin, LD – SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Drafted: 2020 spherical three 69th total by Carolina Hurricanes
The 21-year-old defender has already amassed 116 profession KHL video games, a powerful whole for a younger man who performed within the league at 17. A giant defensive defenseman, his offensive recreation has additionally slowly began to develop, and he’s off to a sizzling begin to the 2022-23 season with 15 factors already in 21 video games. Make no mistake, his meal ticket to the NHL would be the bodily and aggressive recreation he brings. Any offense is a bonus.
7. Ryan Suzuki, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Drafted: 2019 spherical one, twenty eighth total by Carolina Hurricanes
It has been a tough go for the Canes 2019 first-round choice. An eye fixed harm in junior has left him with a everlasting blind spot and price him some growth time. The pandemic ended his junior profession and restricted him to 26 video games within the AHL the place he scored 10 factors as a rookie.
His play within the 2021 WJC was a vivid spot as he posted 4 factors in seven video games to assist Canada to a Silver Medal. One other harm minimize brief his season final 12 months to only 34 video games and compelled him to overlook the Wolves run to a Calder Cup Championship.
Lacking this summer season’s camps could have him off on the fallacious foot to start out the present season, however the youthful brother of Montreal Canadiens Captain performs an identical model, has terrific playmaking imaginative and prescient, and has made strides defensively. A robust marketing campaign with good well being within the AHL is required to swing his trending route again to an upwards trajectory.
8. Gleb Trikozov, LW – Omskie Yastreby (MHL)
Drafted: 2022 spherical two sixtieth total by Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina didn’t personal a first-round choice within the 2022 Draft, however some might say they walked out with a first-round expertise in Trikozov. The Russian winger noticed restricted minutes in his draft 12 months with Omskie within the VHL, however he exploded after shifting to the MHL with 34 factors in 35 video games.
The extremely expert offensive winger will stay in Russia growing as he’s underneath contract by means of the 2023-24 season. If he involves North America some AHL seasoning could also be required as effectively. His upside is excessive, however the wait time might be a number of years.
9. Jamieson Rees, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Drafted: 2019 spherical two forty fourth total by Carolina Hurricanes
Rees’ growth has been up and down since his draft. His D+1 season noticed him have a breakout efficiency of 61 factors in 39 video games with Sarnia earlier than the world closed because of COVID. With no OHL season the next 12 months, he acquired an early begin within the AHL and had 14 factors in 29 video games. Final 12 months he performed his second marketing campaign in Chicago and his manufacturing dipped to 0.39 PPG down from 0.48 PPG. Rees wants a very good season in 2022-23 to get his projection again on observe towards a bottom-six NHL participant that performs a powerful bodily recreation and has some offensive upside.
10. Vasili Ponomaryov, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Drafted: 2020 spherical two 53rd total by Carolina Hurricanes
One other of the Canes prospects that got here from Europe to complete the 12 months within the AHL. Ponomaryov break up time between the KHL, VHL and MHL earlier than ending up within the AHL. When he arrived, the offensive Russian hit the bottom working scoring 10 factors in 11 video games and had six extra in 18 playoff video games en path to the Calder Cup.
Ponomaryov isn’t your typical high-offensive Russian, he’s a extra dependable two-way playmaking pivot. He has some sturdy competitors to crack the Carolina roster, however all of the gamers on their high ten have sturdy NHL potential on one staff or one other.
Aleksi Heimosalmi – Performed restricted Liiga minutes however was spectacular at WJC with seven factors in seven video games with Finland. Wants extra ice time with Assat.
Vladimir Grudinin – Undersized defensive blueliner lacks offensive upside or physicality, however he’s a gradual dependable participant.
Dominik Fensore – Undersized and offensive defender is Captain of the Boston Terriers in his last season of NCAA. Carolina must signal him earlier than he turns into a UFA in August.
Anttoni Honka – Cellular two-way defender making his North American debut in AHL after taking part in 5 years in Liiga.
Alexander Pashin – A diminutive Russian winger has come to the AHL and if he can produce there, his worth would skyrocket!
Justin Robidas – Son of former NHLer and founding father of Robidas Island, Justin is an offensive ahead who might mild up the QMJHL in his last marketing campaign of junior with Val-d’Or.
Patrik Puistola – Accidents have performed a hand in his lack of manufacturing. If he can regain his well being, he might turn out to be related once more.
Cruz Lucius – Making an early impression within the NCAA as a freshman at Wisconsin. Keep watch over the Cruz missle.
Tuukka Tieksola – Struggled to seek out manufacturing in Liiga and has come to North America to play within the AHL. Like Puistola and Pashin, if he can produce on the AHL degree he might turn out to be related once more.