Over the last two days, I looked at seven prospects that the Carolina Hurricanes have playing in the OHL. In this post, I’m going to look at four prospects that are playing in the NCAA in the United States.
Phil Di Giuseppe
The lone Hurricanes’ forward prospect in college, Di Giuseppe is right on par with his previous seasons with the Michigan Wolverines.
Through 18 games, the 20-year-old has 13 points. Last season he had 28 in 40 games, if he keeps up with the current scoring pace he would finish at 28 points.
However, Michigan starts its toughest part of the schedule now as the team starts Big Ten play including No. 1 Minnesota, Wisconson and Ohio State. It will be interesting to see if Di Giuseppe’s game is elevated against the tougher competition or if he continues his regular play.
Expect the Hurricanes to sign Di Giuseppe to an entry-level contract soon if he does not want to play his senior season with the Wolverines.
One of three Hurricanes’ prospects to suit up at the World Junior Championships, Slavin is more of an offensive defenseman. At the WJC, he scored a goal in the U.S.’s first game of the tournament.
With Colorado College, the second-round pick in 2012 has 12 points in 15 games, a high scoring pace for a defenseman. It’s also worth noting that this is Slavin’s first year in college after playing three seasons in the USHL.
I would guess that Slavin isn’t signed to an ELC until next season after he has two seasons to work on his game in college.
Pesce was invited to the U.S.’s WJC training camp, but didn’t earn a spot after Slavin was added to training camp later and eventually gained a spot.
However, the two are vastly different players. Pesce is more defensive than offensive. In 24 games at the University of New Hampshire, the 19-year-old has five points and figures to beat his career high of six last season.
Despite being drafted a year after Slavin, Pesce is in his second season with the Wildcats.
Pesce is likely to take the same approach as Slavin and play another year of college before being signed to an ELC.
Through 15 games, he has nine points in 16 games. The 22-year-old has a chance of passing his career high of 20 points if he improves on his current pace through the second half of the season.
Robertson is an important minute-muncher with the Brown Bears and has good size at 6-foot-one.
The Hurricanes will have to sign him to an ELC this season or lose him to free agency.
Later today, we’ll look at other prospects in the Hurricanes’ system.