Top prospects for Carolina Hurricanes

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NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams from Nov. 16-Dec. 16. Today, the top five prospects for the Carolina Hurricanes, according to NHL.com.

 

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1. Seth Jarvis, F 

How acquired: Selected with No. 13 pick in 2020 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Portland (WHL): 58 GP, 42-56-98    

Jarvis (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) led Portland in goals, assists and points last season, impressing Carolina’s management, scouting staff and coaches, who spent a lot of time watching video of the 18-year-old center during their preparation for the 2020 draft.

“His hockey sense is off the charts,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. “He’s not the biggest guy in the world, but he makes up for it with his smarts and how he can play in small spaces and the tough spaces for a guy his size [with] his quickness and agility.”

The Hurricanes envision Jarvis as a top-six forward who could give them a formidable 1-2 punch at center with Sebastian Aho.

Projected NHL arrival: 2022-23

Video: Carolina Hurricanes select F Seth Jarvis No. 13

 

2. Jake Bean, D 

How acquired: Selected with No. 13 pick in 2016 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Charlotte (AHL): 59 GP, 10-38-48

Bean has been patient while awaiting his chance to be a regular with the Hurricanes, but it appears the 22-year-old might finally get his opportunity this season following the departures of Joel Edmundson (traded to the Montreal Canadiens) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (signed with the Washington Capitals). Although Bean did not play any NHL games last season after playing two in 2018-19, he made the most of his time with Charlotte and led the American Hockey League in points by a defenseman.

Bean (6-1, 186) also had some extended time working with Hurricanes coaches when he was on their roster during the postseason, which should help him compete for a job in training camp.

Projected NHL arrival: This season

 

3. Ryan Suzuki, F 

How acquired: Selected with No. 28 pick in 2019 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Barrie/Saginaw (OHL): 44 GP, 18-40-58

Suzuki missed almost two months last season after sustaining a right-eye injury on Nov. 1, 2019, but the 19-year-old center, who was left with 20/100 vision in that eye, returned and proved he remains a top prospect for Carolina.

Following a trade to Saginaw on Jan. 10, Suzuki scored 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 23 games. That earned him an invitation to Hurricanes training camp in July as part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, but he was not selected for their postseason roster. 

The younger brother of Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki, Ryan (6-foot, 176) is one of 46 players participating in Hockey Canada’s national junior team selection camp for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. 

Projected NHL arrival: 2022-23

 

4. Dominik Bokk, F 

How acquired: Trade with St. Louis Blues on Sept. 24, 2019

2019-20 season: Rogle (SHL): 45 GP, 11-6-17

Selected by the Blues with the No. 25 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Bokk was the key piece for Carolina when it traded defenseman Justin Faulk to St. Louis. The 20-year-old right wing has been questioned about his consistency and commitment in the past, but the Hurricanes liked what they saw from him last season with Rogle in the Swedish Hockey League and at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, when he led Germany with six goals and eight points in seven games.

Bokk (6-1, 180) has been loaned to Djurgarden of the SHL while awaiting the start of the NHL season, which is targeted for Jan. 1, 2021, but he is expected to attend Carolina training camp. 

“He’s ready to get over here,” Waddell said. “He wants to come to North America and play.”

Projected NHL arrival: 2022-23

 

5. Jamieson Rees, F 

How acquired: Selected with No. 44 pick in 2019 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Sarnia (OHL): 39 GP, 18-43-61

Rees was invited to participate in Canada’s selection camp for the 2021 WJC after he led Sarnia with 1.56 points per game last season, when he was limited to 39 games because of an ankle injury and a six-game suspension in January for an illegal check to the head. 

The 19-year-old center plays a feisty game despite his size (5-11, 172), but he has been suspended three times in the past two seasons.

Projected NHL arrival: 2023-24

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