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(Ed. note: this was written by Patrick Clarke, aka @CanesProspects.)
Part of my hockey background is in coaching and officiating, where I developed an eye for evaluating talent. Enjoying individual skill development, sometimes I like watch practices and games, and focus on individual players rather than follow the action in the play.
I remember officiating games Riley Stillman played at age 8-10. He was a smoother skate than his two-time Stanley Cup Champion father Cory was at any point in his career. Easily the best skater on the ice at times. He didn’t need the puck a lot to contribute, and he had a way of helping his linemates. In those days he was a forward on travel teams before his father was traded to Ottawa and the family relocated to Florida in the subsequent offseason.
With all due respect to Josh Wesley, he was the first local kid I identified as a player with the potential to go pro. The talent was there immediately, and he progressed every time I saw him play. I made sure to follow his career when he left the area and eventually played for the Oshawa Generals.
Riley was drafted in the fourth round, #114 overall by Florida Panthers in June.
Thinking the younger Stillman had draft or pro potential wasn’t groundbreaking. Coming from an NHL family seems to pay huge dividends for kids wanting to play at another level. But I still was able to see talent early on, and that’s when I started to gain interest in higher levels of minor and junior hockey.
So when I sat down at PNC Arena for the Development Camp scrimmage, I set out to focus on 4-6 individuals, then not many performances that jumped out to me beyond that. Here three general observations and scouting notes on individual players.
1) Goaltending Shines
I’m not someone who questioned why the Hurricanes drafted two goalies in June. After all, I’m a card-carrying member of the Goalies’ Union. Continue reading An Introduction and Reflections on Canes Prospect Camp
It’s always bittersweet when we wrap up the podder for the season, but hey, at least we had fun w/ this one. Mr. Workrate aka Tom Edwards joins us in the studio as we give our take on the draft, free agency, and dev camp. We answer your #CheatMail questions, and give you a sneak peak into whats next for Section328.com. Thanks for sticking through another season with us. We’ll be back in a few weeks w/ our favorite summer guest, John Forslund.
Sometimes, when you are in the middle of something very special each and every day, you don’t know how very good you have it. Too often, only when a layer of security that has been part of the fabric of your day to day life is ripped away do you really understand just how amazing that layer was. I feel like that is what happened to the Caniac Nation today. With the announcement that Mike Maniscalco, host of Hurricanes pre-game Storm Watch and post-game Aftermath, was let go today by Capital Broadcasting, we realized the stark reality of just how good we have had it from a broadcast perspective. The column below is one that I have been laboring to put the proper words to for the better part of 5 months. With the stark realization that we may no longer have Mike Maniscalco covering our team, it seemed like an appropriate day to release it. Thanks for all you have done for Section 328 and the Carolina Hurricanes, Mike. You will be missed.
I would like to express a very heartfelt thank you to John Forslund, Michelle McMahon, Chuck Kaiton and Mike Maniscalco. You don’t know the amount of times your voices have put a smile on my little boys face, and there’s no amount of wins or losses that will ever be more important than that. So take a minute friends and appreciate what we have in our broadcast teams. Just for once give them a break about the latest trade or arguing who should be staring in net, and just appreciate what they bring to our game, our community, and our lives. When you get a chance, say thank you to our broadcasters because we are very fortunate to have them be a part of Caniac Nation.
Horrible Stan Bowman Impersonations – Check
Gushing over Ron Francis – Check
Getting educated by @ShaneMalloy of SiriusXM NHL Radio – Check
Your #Cheatmail answers – Check
A damn good time had – Double Check
We hope you enjoy this weeks pre-draft episode, because we had a lot of fun doing it for you…
On Sunday, the eyes of hockey watched Jim Rutherford’s Pittsburgh Penguins (so weird to say that) lift the Stanley Cup, and snickered as they wrote their feel-good narratives about Rutherford showing he still has value. Those dumb Hurricanes – what were they thinking when they ran JR out of town? It doesn’t matter – they’ll be in Las Vegas/Quebec City/Seattle/Bismark soon anyway.
It took three days for Ron Francis to offer up a Costco-size can of STFU to anyone who was questioning the Canes decision to move on from Rutherford, as the team (and Francis) took another huge step forward, dealing a second and third round selection to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell’s contract (Bickell himself may also come). Continue reading Francis Robs Chicago Blind by Acquiring Teuvo and Bickell
Summertime is here and the draft is around the corner. We have lots to talk about in Caniac Nation and there is no one better to talk about the Canes than Mike Sundheim, VP of Communications. We talk draft, we talk beer, and we have a lot of fun behind the mics. Join us and please, we would be so thankful if you gave us a quick rating on your listening platform of choice and shared this with a friend or two.