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.
Can you tell us a bit more about Derek Ryan and what he could potentially bring to the team? – Matt S. (@Mattchoo12)
Ben B. (@Sormy_Canes) posed this #Tweetmail question a couple weeks ago: Any possibility of the Canes signing a player from Europe?
With the signing of American center Derek Ryan on Monday, the answer to that question is obviously #CONFIRMED.
Now, to answer your question, some more background on the 28-year-old forward.
Ryan has taken a bit of an unconventional path to where he is today. It began with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, where Ryan logged three seasons plus a game in another from 2003-07. Also in Spokane from 2005-07 serving as the Chiefs head coach was Bill Peters, now the head coach of the Canes.
From there, Ryan completed his collegiate career at the University of Alberta. He posted 47 points (17g, 30a) in 28 games during his senior year. The Spokane, WA, native then played three seasons in Austria before skating for Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League in 2014-15. Ryan posted 15 goals and 45 assists for Orebro, being named the SHL’s Forward of the Year and earning Most Valuable Player honors.
Especially in 2014-15, the undrafted, 5-foot-10, 170-pound center was reportedly attracting attention from a number of teams, including Colorado and Washington per the Denver Post.
Ryan, even despite his smaller frame, is a skilled playmaker who has amassed points at every level. It will be intriguing to see where he might fit in professionally in North America.
Finally, you can follow the newest member of the organization on Twitter at @DerekAllenRyan.
Is there going to be another video series for Prospects Development Camp this year? – @TheStormChase
Open Ice, a summer docu-series produced by CanesVision that has aired during the summer following Prospects Development Camp, will not be returning this year (or, as they say in the television business, "was not renewed for a third season"). There's a simple reason for this: the manpower required in order to produce a multi-episode series such as that is just not present at the moment.
That being said, we will be bringing you plenty of coverage from Prospects Development Camp, including live streams of closed morning sessions, behind-the-scenes featurettes (think Open Ice, but in two- or three-minute bursts) and Rink Reports from each day of camp. Plus, there will be the written coverage on CarolinaHurricanes.com that you have come to expect and plenty of action on all of our social media properties.
As a related sidenote, check out some of the new additions to this year’s Summerfest, including an equipment sale and a Canes Insider panel, which will feature yours truly, Shane Willis, Bob Wage from Canes Country and Mike Flanagan from Section 328. It should be a fun time.
When will the Canes use on-ice projection for warm-ups or intros? – @SirTophatThe1st
This tends to be a popular question, and for good reason: on-ice projection is undeniably cool and neat and all of those other adjectives related to cool and neat.
The Canes got to use on-ice projection for a night when the RBC Center became PNC Arena. Relive that with videos here, here and here.
To answer your question, the Hurricanes will not be using on-ice projection in the upcoming 2015-16 season. With that said, the team is constantly searching for ways to improve the in-game fan experience, and on-ice projection is a regular component of those discussions.
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
If you have a question you’d like answered or you thought this week’s Tweetmail was hilarious, tongue-in-cheek or not, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes (or drop an email here).