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Tweetmail No. 15: Prospects, Loktionov & Ice

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 10:00 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Tweetmail No. 15: Prospects, Loktionov & Ice
Answering your Twitter questions about prospect depth, Andrei Loktionov and center ice logos.
Michael Smith
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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.

At what position do the Hurricanes have the greatest prospect depth? What needs will the Canes be looking to fill at the draft? – Hurricanes Boosters (@CHBCHurricanes)

In my estimation, the Canes have the greatest prospect depth at forward. Looking back as far as 2007 is Chris Terry, a fifth-round pick. A year later was first-round choice Zach Boychuk, who this year led the AHL in goals with 36. From the last three years alone, Victor Rask, Brody Sutter, Phil Di Giuseppe, Brock McGinn and Brendan Woods are developing in the wings, not to mention fifth-overall pick Elias Lindholm, who jumped right into NHL action last season.

In fact, simply looking at the Canes’ draft classes in the last two years yields good results. Despite not making a first-round pick in 2012 (which, by the way, turned into Jordan Staal), the Canes stocked the prospect cupboard with nine selections, five of which already are or will be playing in Charlotte by next season. Last summer, the Canes made just four picks but added defenseman Andrej Sekera through a second-round trade; Lindholm skated with the Canes as a rookie in 2013-14, and Brett Pesce could prove to be a solid defensive prospect in the years to come.

As far as needs go, size is never a bad thing. (Though, Sidney Crosby is 5’11”, and that’s worked out OK.) Additionally, the organization could probably use some more depth at goaltending, especially after the departure of Frederik Andersen in the summer of 2012. Andersen was originally a seventh-round pick (third-round pick by the Ducks when he re-entered the draft in 2012), so this need could be filled in the deeper rounds of the draft.

Speaking of the draft, the Hurricanes will be holding their annual scout meetings in the first week of June. CarolinaHurricanes.com will have complete coverage, both written and video, from then on, carrying you right up until the 2014 NHL Draft, which takes place on June 27-28 in Philadelphia.

Do you have any update on Andrei Loktionov? – Ann S. (@AnnSolberg87)

In his first shift of the IIHF World Championship, Andrei Loktionov suffered a shoulder injury, serious enough to require surgery. Slava Malamud, a Russian journalist, reported from Minsk, Belarus.

At this point, that’s the extent of what we know. Loktionov, acquired in March in a trade deadline day deal with New Jersey, is a restricted free agent.

The Canes have one logo at center ice, but some teams display two logos. How did we decide to use one? – Carolyn G. (@goCanes_score)

I found this question intriguing. The Canes have featured a large logo at center ice for years, and there’s not been much consideration to change it to a Montreal-style two-logo placement. Here’s why: The main reason is that the Canes’ primary logo is tilted, while the Canadiens’ logo is horizontal. Taking into account the tilt, the Canes’ logo would be much smaller squeezed into either semi-circle at center ice. The other is that Montreal’s logo, which features a C and an H, is read with the eye quite naturally. The correct way to view the Canes’ logo, on the other hand, isn’t quite as intrinsic.

In short, the primary logo appears best as a large, dominant feature at center ice.

Aside from the RBC Center to PNC Arena transformation around the center ice circle, the Canes have had a few different center ice logos in the last six years. While the primary logo has been the main feature, the Canes have also highlighted the tenth anniversary logo (2007-08), the secondary warning flag logo when the third uniform set was unveiled (2008-09) and the All-Star logo (2010-11). You can see a history of NHL center ice designs here at this nifty site that was passed along by Jared, our ice technician.

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Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered, please do reach out to me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72