Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully, the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.
Let’s get to it.
Which players from Charlotte seem closest to being NHL ready if the Canes make trades? – Doug A. (@dabrams2021)
This question sort of depends on the logistics of said trades, assuming they occur sometime within the next week prior to the March 2 3 p.m. EST deadline.
But for the sake of kicking the tires, let’s assume that the Hurricanes do need to recall a few prospects to help fill out their roster. (Remember, the team is carrying three healthy extra bodies right now plus Ryan Murphy on injured reserve, so this may not necessarily be the case.)
At forward, it’s easy to point to Zach Boychuk, who has already played 31 games with the Hurricanes this season. But maybe the Hurricanes want to get a look at some of their other prospects in the system. How about another look at Patrick Brown, who skated in seven games with the Canes early this season? Others who have had a brief stay in Raleigh this year include Brody Sutter, Brendan Woods and Justin Shugg, who ranks second on the Checkers in scoring with 25 points.
And then there’s a guy like Brock McGinn, a first-year player in Charlotte. He recently had a stretch of 20 games without a point, but Checkers broadcaster and 10 thoughts extraordinaire Jason Shaya said the forward “still found a way to be effective every night.”
On defense, I liked Rasmus Rissanen’s game during the exhibition season, and though he’s currently sidelined with an injury, I would be intrigued to see what he could do at the NHL level in the regular season.
The countdown to the trade deadline is on. We’re just five days away from the second of March, and moves have already begun to happen around the league. It will be interesting to see where the Canes’ roster stands once the dust settles on Tuesday afternoon. I’m not sure that recalls will be necessary, but there are certainly viable options if that’s the case.
What do you think about the World Cup? – Emil U. (@emilullbrand)
I’m very interested to see how it plays out, but I think it’s going to be an exciting two weeks of hockey.
Just to get everyone up to speed: it was announced a month ago that the World Cup of Hockey would return in 2016 after a 12-year hiatus. The international competition will take place in Toronto and will feature more than 150 NHL players spread across various national and all-star teams.
With the World Cup set to take place from Sept. 16, 2016 to as late as Oct. 1, the beginning of the 2016-17 regular season – tentatively scheduled for Oct. 12, 2016 – could be as exciting as it has been in some time with many players already having played at NHL speed for two weeks. It’s about as perfect as a lead-in to the season could be. (And, NHL training camps will be happening simultaneously, as well.)
The tournament has the opportunity to be highly competitive and highly entertaining, and it will potentially draw more eyeballs toward the NHL before the start of its regular season. Because who won’t want to tune in for a USA vs. Canada match-up?
I know I’ll be watching. And, it’s premature by a year and some months, but #USA.
Is there a list on the website of fireman’s helmet recipients from this season? – The People
I’ve received this question a few times over a few different platforms, so ask and you shall receive!
On this newly created and regularly updated page, you can find the name and an accompanying picture (or video or tweet) of the fireman’s helmet recipient after each Canes win. Enjoy!
Join me next week after the trade deadline for more questions and more answers!
If you have a question you’d like answered or you’d like Insiderrrr information on the trade deadline, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes (or drop an email here).