After taking last month off I’m back with the Canes Prospect report and a bonus mailbag.

First let’s highlight some of the headlines in the last six weeks:

  • Jake Bean (0G 2A), Julien Gauthier (5G 2A), and Nicolas Roy (3G 1A) all earned silver medals with Team Canada at the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship in Montréal
  • Janne Kuokkanen registered one assist in six games for the 7th placed Team Finland
  • CHL Trades:
    • Warren Foegele moves to the Erie Otters from the Kingston Frontenacs
    • Callum Booth moves to the Saint John Sea Dogs from the Québec Rempart
    • Julien Gauthier moves to the Saint John Sea Dogs from the Val-d’Or Foreurs
    • Noah Carroll moves to the Soo Greyhounds from the Guelph Storm
  • Canes Country’s (and Dobber Hockey/Prospects’) Kevin LeBlanc breaks down the details on the trades and highlights recent play of Matt Filipe and Steve Lorentz.

Now on to the mailbag. Let’s begin with the dabrams2021 rapid-fire segment:

  • Roy – 2018 at the earliest.
  • Kuokkanen – 2019
  • Bean – 2017 Training Camp
  • Zykov – 2018
  • Wallmark – Now, should McClement be traded.
  • Posturalski – Incomplete. I’m not sure if he’ll be an everyday NHLer.
  • RoyJordan Staal light Role (2/3 C, top PK unit, Net front on PP); 3C as rookie; 30 points.
  • Gauthier – Top 9 RW, on a line with Jeff Skinner, 2nd PP unit; 40 points.
  • Kuokkanen – 3C; Point production dependant on roster composition when he makes the club.

Huge fan of both players.

‘Big Boy’ Smallman will get a contract before June 1. I project him as a Cory Stilman styled-player — not exception in any area, but extremely smart and valuable.

Lorentz’s future will be dictacted by the contract situation following the NHL Trade Deadline. He’s played well enough to have a chance in the AHL after a failed run at center with Peterborough.

Because I’m a crazy person who decided start propects coverage with two young children and zero free time, I don’t watch/evaluate anything at the AHL level. Have no basis to answer this one.

Now a few questions for other submitters:

As I mentioned above, the amount of current propects playing in the AHL will be dictated some at the Trade Deadline on March 1. As things stand now, there are 43 players who may be under contract at training camp:

  • 24 Players with contracts currently in the NHL, AHL, or ECHL
  • 4 Players with contracts in junior or in Europe
  • 15 Restrited Free Agents; 9 players arbitration eligible

I anticipate Roy and Gauthier to start next year with the Checkers. All signs point to Foegele going pro next year. Smallman and one goalie (Booth or Helvig) will join the pro ranks. Anticipating a few RFA’s to be allowed to walk, the door may be open Lorentz to join too though he’d be the one question mark for me.

Reminder that June 1 will be the deadline to sign Booth, Smallman, and Lorentz to the ELC or they’ll be re-entered into the Draft (Booth) or become UFAs.

I become more impressed with Bean by the day. In private company, I’ve began making comparisons to Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (because we have to make that clarification with this franchise). He has a bigger frame but more of a raw player when you match him up to the former (and future) Norris Trophy winner in his rookie year.

I felt he played very well in the WJHC despite the lack of offensive numbers. His play in Western Hockey league has been nothing short of exceptional. In the 20 games played before February 1, he has only been held scoreless in 3 games. He’s a bright spot on a struggling team fighting for a playoff spot.

He has the chance to make the NHL team as soon as next season depending on off-season conditioning. He may be the prospect I’m most excited about now. Ignoring recency bias, either Callum Booth or David Cotton could be the guy I like the most depending on the day you ask.

More on Booth below, but Cotton is quietly putting up an impressive Freshman year at Boston College. Second on the team in power play goals, he’s the highest scoring rookie on a young Eagles team. It’ll be exciting to see how he produces over the next year or two on a team that typically has high turnover.

Now I’ll try to answer these last two at the same time.

Let me preface my answer by saying I think Nedeljkovic is an excellent netminder who will play in the AHL. But I caution everyone to avoid proclaiming him the ‘Netminder of the Future’ or ‘Franchise Goalie going forward.’

Ned is going to face stiff competition beginning in 2018-19 season. For the first time since moving to North Carolina, this franchice has proper goaltending depth in the pipeline. While not as deep as a team like Philadelphia, the amount of talented drafted netminders who will play professionally

Booth, Helvig, and LaFontaine all have NHL potential. All three players are big, technicially sound players in the crease. The differences all break down to opportunity and confidence. All three will have a chance to make the Canes roster one day, but at different points in time. Booth has the most direct path, followed quickly by fellow 19-year-old Helvig. LaFontaine will have a few years to wait as he’ll looking to become a legitimate #1 in NCAA first.

Booth is a player I’m most excited about. I think he has the potential to start 40+ games a year by the end of an entry level contract. My biggest criticism of him going into the year was his consistency. He’d play remarkable in the first two periods last season, allowing teams to get back into games in the third. That hasn’t been the case in 2016-17. Strong from beginning to end in games. Now that he’s playing with a exceptional Saint John’s team expect his overall numbers to blossom while he and the team make a run at QMJHL and CHL titles.


Jake Bean

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
2016113Calgary HitmenWestern Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPGAPTSPIM
October30224
November00000
December52682
January12413174
TOTAL206212710

Julien Gauthier

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
2016121Saint John Sea DogsQuébec Major Junior Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
October104596478.5
November103141714397.7
December30112100
January733643010
TOTAL30102333261267.9

Janne Kuokkanen

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
2016243London KnightsOntario Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
September1000040
October10851342927.5
November123141714397.7
December52352229
January1145942416.6
TOTAL391930491211616.3

Matt Filipe

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
2016367Northeastern HuskiesHockey East (NCAA/College (Div. I))
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
October721381414.2
November8011460
December31124425
January8246161711.7
TOTAL2657123211611.6

Hudson Elynuik

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
2016374Spokane ChiefWestern Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPGAPTSPIM
October1046109
November106111710
December12481212
January13591418
TOTAL4518345249

Jack LaFontaine

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
2016375Michigan WolverinesBig 10 (NCAA/College (Div. I))
MonthGPSMINSHSVGASOGAAS%WLT
October33184:30109102702.280.936111
November22118:30615561553.040.902020
December2179:507770705.280.909010
January1160:0029263030.897010
TOTAL87442:502762532303.120.917151

Matt Filipe

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
20164104Wisconson BadgersBig 10 (NCAA/College (Div. I))
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
October60002100
November62244277.4
December40110100
January61234137.7
TOTAL223588506

Jeremy Helvig

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
20165134Kingston FrontenacsOntario Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPSMINSHSVGASOGAAS%WLOTLSOL
September1160:00292901011000
October1010599:042692432622.60.9035410
November1111638:482912603102.910.8935501
December99523:322602372302.640.9124130
January1010578:472832582522.590.9125401
TOTAL41412400:111163105810552.620.91201442

Noah Carroll

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
20166164Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOntario Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
September1011210
October1325710238.7
November90449110
December8000870
January1123541711.8
TOTAL424131733606.7

Aleksi Saarela

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
2015389Lukko RamunenSM-liiga (/Professional)
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
October80220330
November62020287.1
December1063905012
January112248414.9
TOTAL351071781526.9

Callum Booth

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
2015493Saint John Sea DogsQuébec Major Junior Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPSMINSHSVGASOGAAS%WLOTLSOL
September1160:00343401011000
October99508:582692452402.830.9115301
November77433:122702502002.770.9265110
December66325:562061832304.230.8882400
January99479:431771591812.250.8986300
TOTAL32321807:499568718522.820.911191111

Nicolas Roy

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
2015496Chicoutimi SaguenéensQuébec Major Junior Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
September1000040
October117916124714.9
November98111963821.1
December41238128.3
January9651123517.1
TOTAL342227492813616.2

Luke Stevens

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
20155126Yale BulldogsECAC (NCAA/College (Div. I))
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
October1000030
November4011250
December40112070
January51122812.5
TOTAL131344205

Spencer Smallman

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
20155138Saint John Sea DogsQuébec Major Junior Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
September11010250
October13881664119.5
November9111126195.3
December10491342714.8
January933641520
TOTAL421731482010416.3

David Cotton

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
20156169Boston College EaglesHockey East (NCAA/College (Div. I))
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
October924661513.3
November822421711.7
December521322010
January625721711.82
TOTAL2881220126911.6

Steven Lorentz

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
20157186Peterborough PetesOntario Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
September2011080
October1135810387.9
November1119102352.8
December107613143321.2
January12771424914.3
TOTAL461828462716311

Warren Foegele

Draft YearRoundOverallCurrent TeamCurrent Leage
20143167Erie OttersOntario Hockey League (CHL/Major Junior)
MonthGPGAPTSPIMSS%
October72340238.7
November115121714529.6
December104596508
January125101582817.9
TOTAL401630462815310.5