2022-23 Top 10 Carolina Hurricanes Prospects

The Carolina Hurricanes are a competitive group and needs to be thought about a Stanley Cup competitor. The Hurricanes have actually a young core of forwards they have constructed around which the group prepared and established. Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Martin Necas, and Seth Jarvis are all home-grown potential customers, and under 25 years of ages.

The group has actually just chosen inside the leading 10 of the NHL Draft when (Andrei Svechnikov second in 2018) because 2016, and they still have a strong possibility swimming pool. Give the Hurricanes searching personnel a great deal of credit as they regularly draft and establish NHL skill in the 2nd half of the draft. Morgan Geekie, Nicolas Roy, Steve Lorentz, Warren Foegele, and Jacob Slavin have actually all played over 100 NHL video games and are chosen 67th or later on.

The existing possibility swimming pool might do not have a great deal of blue-chip potential customers, however it has great depth and there will be a number of gamers that discover their method into the NHL within its ranks.

Top 10 Carolina Hurricanes Prospects

1. Pyotr Kochetkov, G – Chicago Wolves (AHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 6-2/179
Drafted: 2019 round 2 36th total by Carolina Hurricanes

“Koochie” initially captured my attention after being called the WJC Best Goalie and backstopping Russia to a Bronze Medal. Following that efficiency his KHL profession was irritating being utilized moderately with SKA St. Petersburg prior to a trade to Torpedo where he played in 23 video games in 2021-22, publishing a 10-10-2 record on a non-playoff group.

When the KHL season ended he relocated to North America and made a splash in the AHL with a gleaming 13-1-2 record that made him some NHL time when injuries provided a chance. Koochie completed the year in the AHL leading the Wolves to a Calder Cup Championship with a playoff stat line of 1.65 GAA and a .950 SV%, winning 5 of 6 video games had fun with 2 nothings along the method.

Kochetkov will invest the bulk of his very first complete season in North America in the AHL as Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta are under agreement. Both are on ending offers which will unlock for Kochetkov to burglarize the NHL and end up being the franchise’s beginning goalie next year.

2. Scott Morrow, RD – Umass (NCAA)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-2/194
Drafted: 2021 round 2 40th total by Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina has a core of youth in advance and have 2 leading potential customers boiling down the pipeline to strengthen the objective and defence position in Kochetkov and Morrow. The pandemic might have hindered some courses for potential customers. Morrow was expected to play in the USHL in 2020-21 however stayed in high school with Shattuck St. Mary’s. It did not stunt his advancement in 2015 as an NCAA freshman as the right-shot protector scored 13 objectives and 33 points in 37 video games as a top-pairing protector for the Minutemen.

Morrow has actually returned for his freshman season where he ought to be a dominant gamer. Look for Carolina to sign Morrow following the conclusion of his academic year and start his professional profession. Morrow has the advantage to be a top-pairing protector and needs to change Brent Burns as power play quarterback in the future.

3. Jack Drury, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Age: 22
Ht/Wt: 5-11/174

Drafted: 2018 round 2 42nd in general by Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina’s second-round choice from 2018 continues to establish and trend up. Drury scored over a point per video game in his 2 seasons in the NCAA with Harvard prior to the pandemic ended his time in the NCAA as the Ivy League groups did not play.

Drury discovered a house in the SHL with Vaxjo where he scored 30 points in 41 video games and assisted lead the Lakers to a SHL Championship with 11 points in 14 championship game. Drury went back to North America in 2015 in the AHL and won another Championship with Chicago where he scored 52 points in 68 routine season video games and another 24 points in 18 championship game. His play was rewarded with a 2-game NHL recall, and he scored two objectives in his quick audition. Drury is on the cusp of ending up being a top-six NHL routine.

4. Ville Koivunen, LD – Karpat (Liiga)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 5-11/161
Drafted: 2021 round 2 51st total by Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina has actually succeeded in mining potential customers from Finland, and they have actually discovered another gem in the offending protector in Koivunen. Last year was his novice project in the Liiga on a strong Karpat team and he did not dissatisfy. Teenage potential customers can have a hard time to discover minutes in the leading professional leagues in Europe, however Koivunen played his method into a leading pairing function with Topi Niemela and scored 29 points in 53 video games.

He is back in Finland on loan to Karpat for the 2022-23 season where he ought to see lots of minutes and be a leading gamer for Finland at the WJC prior to most likely heading to North America for the 2023-24 season.

Still just 19 years of ages, the Hurricanes will be client with his advancement and provide him the time he requires to complete his two-way video game and fine-tune his skating, which might not take long.

5. Noel Gunler, RW – Chicago Wolves (AHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-2/176
Drafted: 2020 round 2 41st total by Carolina Hurricanes

As a 20-year-old Gunler played a top-six function in the SHL with Brynas with a semi-breakout efficiency of 13 objectives and 23 points in 52 video games. He completed the year in the AHL with 5 points in 11 routine season video games.

Gunler has an excellent shot and is strong on the puck. He plays a professional video game currently and might not be long for the AHL. Look for the Swede to play a huge function for the Wolves and have a cup of coffee in the NHL this year, and seriously complete for an NHL lineup area in 2023-24.

6. Alexander Nikishin, LD – SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-4/216
Drafted: 2020 round 3 69th total by Carolina Hurricanes

The 21-year-old protector has actually currently accumulated 116 profession KHL video games, a remarkable overall for a boy who played in the league at 17. A huge protective defenseman, his offending video game has likewise gradually began to establish, and he is off to a hot start to the 2022-23 season with 15 points currently in 21 video games. Make no error, his meal ticket to the NHL will be the physical and aggressive video game he brings. Any offense is a benefit.

7. Ryan Suzuki, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-0/176
Drafted: 2019 round one, 28th total by Carolina Hurricanes

It has actually been a rough go for the Canes 2019 first-round choice. An eye injury in junior has actually left him with an irreversible blind area and cost him some advancement time. The pandemic ended his junior profession and restricted him to 26 video games in the AHL where he scored 10 points as a novice.

His play in the 2021 WJC was a brilliant area as he published 4 points in 7 video games to assist Canada to a Silver Medal. Another injury cut brief his season in 2015 to simply 34 video games and required him to miss out on the Wolves go to a Calder Cup Championship.

Missing this summertime’s camps will have him off on the incorrect foot to begin the existing season, however the more youthful bro of Montreal Canadiens Captain plays a comparable design, has excellent playmaking vision, and has actually made strides defensively. A strong project with health in the AHL is required to swing his trending instructions back to an upwards trajectory.

8. Gleb Trikozov, LW – Omskie Yastreby (MHL)

Age: 18
Ht/Wt: 6-1/192
Drafted: 2022 round 2 60th total by Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina did not own a first-round choice in the 2022 Draft, however some might state they went out with a first-round skill in Trikozov. The Russian winger saw restricted minutes in his draft year with Omskie in the VHL, however he took off after relocating to the MHL with 34 points in 35 video games.

The extremely knowledgeable offending winger will stay in Russia establishing as he is under agreement through the 2023-24 season. If he pertains to North America some AHL flavoring might be needed also. His advantage is high, however the wait time will be a number of years.

9. Jamieson Rees, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 5-11/172
Drafted: 2019 round 2 44th total by Carolina Hurricanes

Rees’ advancement has actually been up and down because his draft. His D+1 season saw him have a breakout efficiency of 61 points in 39 video games with Sarnia prior to the world closed due to COVID. With no OHL season the list below year, he got an early start in the AHL and had 14 points in 29 video games. Last year he played his 2nd project in Chicago and his production dipped to 0.39 PPG below 0.48 PPG. Rees requires an excellent season in 2022-23 to get his forecast back on track towards a bottom-six NHL gamer that plays a strong physical video game and has some offending advantage.

10. Vasili Ponomaryov, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 5-10/181
Drafted: 2020 round 2 53rd total by Carolina Hurricanes

Another of the Canes potential customers that originated from Europe to complete the year in the AHL. Ponomaryov split time in between the KHL, VHL and MHL prior to winding up in the AHL. When he showed up, the offensive Russian struck the ground running scoring 10 points in 11 video games and had 6 more in 18 championship game en path to the Calder Cup.

Ponomaryov isn’t your normal high-offensive Russian, he is a more trusted two-way playmaking pivot. He has some strong competitors to split the Carolina lineup, however all the gamers on their leading 10 have strong NHL prospective on one group or another.

Honorable Mentions:

Aleksi Heimosalmi – Played restricted Liiga minutes however was remarkable at WJC with 7 points in 7 video games with Finland. Needs more ice time with Assat.

Vladimir Grudinin – Undersized protective blueliner does not have offending advantage or physicality, however he is a constant trusted gamer.

Dominik Fensore – Undersized and offending protector is Captain of the Boston Terriers in his last season of NCAA. Carolina requires to sign him prior to he ends up being a UFA in August.

Anttoni Honka – Mobile two-way protector making his North American launching in AHL after playing 5 years in Liiga.

Alexander Pashin – A small Russian winger has actually concerned the AHL and if he can produce there, his worth would escalate!

Justin Robidas – Son of previous NHLer and creator of Robidas Island, Justin is an offending forward who might illuminate the QMJHL in his last project of junior with Val-d’Or.

Patrik Puistola – Injuries have actually played a hand in his absence of production. If he can restore his health, he might end up being pertinent once again.

Cruz Lucius – Making an early effect in the NCAA as a freshman at Wisconsin. Keep an eye on the Cruz missle.

Tuukka Tieksola – Struggled to discover production in Liiga and has actually concerned North America to play in the AHL. Like Puistola and Pashin, if he can produce at the AHL level he might end up being pertinent once again.

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