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.
This week, I’m going to do a bit of spring cleaning and run through a handful of questions that have been collecting some dust. Ready?
Let’s get to it.
What are the Canes doing for offseason training? – Will L. (@wluper)
Offseason training regimens vary from player to player, and, at least when speaking with the media at the end of the season, many are quite coy with their plans.
After getaway vacations and a few weeks to let the past season mellow, I’m sure many players are already back in the gym preparing for 2015-16.
Related: did you see Nathan Gerbe’s training apparatus? Holy crackers.
Will Roland McKeown be at Prospects Development Camp? Any idea when camp will be held? – Edith C. (@caniac47)
A final roster for Prospects Development Camp won’t be released until early July, but I would venture to say there is a good chance defensive prospect Roland McKeown, acquired from Los Angeles in February and signed to a three-year, entry-level contract in April, will be present.
Just announced yesterday, the Hurricanes third annual Summerfest will be held July 6-11. More information on this week of hockey and fun can be found here. A detailed schedule of on-ice sessions open to the public will be available in early July.
What do you miss most about the hockey season? – Lauren S. (@ThatVermontGirl)
Pretty much everything. The gamedays, the goals, the saves, the crowds, the hockey.
Are any of the Canes players involved in You Can Play? – Laura-Ann (@lauraannB85)
Just over two years ago, the National Hockey League and its Players’ Association announced a historic partnership with You Can Play, and the Hurricanes offered vocal support. You can read and see more about that here.
Super obvious, but who do the Canes take at 5? – Michael O. (@irishguy8282)
The best player available.
Honestly, that’s the short-and-sweet and completely and entirely 100 percent truthful answer. It’s what Tony MacDonald, the Canes head of amateur scouting, tells me every year when I ask him that very same question, and it’s likely the same answer you’d get from any other team. And it’s especially true in a year that the Canes have as high of a pick as they do this year.
Who is ultimately the best player available that night in Sunrise is, of course, subjective and subject to change until the team is on the clock. Just to make sure you’re ready to meet the newest Hurricane, we’ll be profiling a handful of prospects leading up to the first round on June 26.
Speaking of …
In the dead period between exit interviews and draft previews, what would you say you do here? – Section 328 (@Section_328)
I answer Twitter questions. I also have people skills. I am good at dealing with people. Can’t you understand that?!
(But seriously, we’re diving headfirst into draft prep. I think you’ll dig what we have in store.)
What is your preferred pattern on a tie? – @PNCArena
(It’s always kind of weird when an inanimate object asks a question.)
Were you always this good at answering questions or did it take years of practice? – Chris L. (@chrisjlund)
What are we talkin’ about? Practice? We’re talkin’ about practice, man.
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
If you have a question you’d like answered or you want to discuss why season four of “Arrested Development” was ambitious but ultimately disappointing, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes (or drop an email here).