11 Thoughts: Back Down to Earth


Welcome to the newest weekly series from Calm Before the Storm! Each week, I’ll be bringing you all 11 thoughts on Hurricanes prospects in every league to ensure that you all are up to date. Why 11? Jordan Staal is the captain and his number is 11. Sound reasoning, if you ask me.

  1. Morgan Geekie’s three goals and five points leads the Checkers through their first four games of the season. The second year pro has been consistently great ever since he started in the AHL last season, and now it looks like he has his eyes set on an NHL roster spot. Geekie’s shot has become one of his best assets and will be dangerous once he gets just a little faster. Keep an eye on him this year because he could be a call-up option.
  2. Other Checkers that have impressed me so far? Chase Priskie and Eetu Luostarinen. Priskie is getting power play time and has three assists so far. He doesn’t look out of place at all, and that’s really encouraging. Luostarinen had a great weekend against Bridgeport and seems to be doing very well in North America. Both players could contend for roster spots next year if they keep this up.
  3. Get used to seeing David Cotton lighting up the NCAA this season. His three point effort against Wisconsin was nothing short of impressive. Cotton and the Eagles have a tough schedule coming up, with a game against Colgate on Sunday and two games against Denver.
  4. Jesper Sellgren is playing incredibly well for Lulea in both the SHL and the Champions Hockey League this season. I think that the coaching staff really liked the way that he played, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets another long look in camp next year.
  5. Tuukka Tieksola has 19 points in just ten U20 games this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds his way onto Finland’s roster for the World Juniors in December.
  6. Jamieson Rees is coming back from his suspension this week. Sarnia is one of the worst teams in the OHL right now with a shocking 0-7 record. Rees has missed six of those games due to a suspension, so hopefully he helps the Sting get their first win of the season this week.
  7. Ryan Suzuki is due for a boost in points soon. He has six points in five games, and five of those points have come at even strength. Once he gets into a rhythm on the power play, we’ll start to see an increase in production.
  8. Blake Murray may slow down eventually, but the fact that he’s been making more plays this season is encouraging. He’s passing a lot more and has continued to score goals. It’s too early for a hype train, but he’s a player to watch out for.
  9. Biggest surprise of Charlotte’s season so far? How productive their defense has been. Roland McKeown leads Charlotte in assists with four assists in their first four games. Charlotte has 13 points from their defense so far, and three defensemen are top five in scoring on the team.
  10. The Checkers may seem like they’re struggling so far, but there have been a lot of positive things about the team. They should be getting Max McCormick and Stelio Mattheos back from injury soon, so that’ll be a massive boost up front.
  11. Out of the Hurricanes’ prospects playing in their senior years in the NCAA, I believe that only David Cotton and Luke Martin will be getting an NHL contract. Matt Filipe has an outside chance. Martin has decent upside and could be a pretty good pro player, so there’s hope that he develops more than he has in college.
Murray’s goal was the number two play of the past week

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