Stevens and Wall
At Yale University, forward Luke Stevens is trying to follow in the footsteps of his father Kevin Stevens, a two-time 50-goal scorer for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1980s. Drafted way back in 2015 (5th round), Stevens likely intrigued the Carolina Hurricanes with his 6’5, 205lb frame and his strong two-way game.
Unfortunately, things haven’t gone well for Stevens since. He hasn’t been able to muster up much offensively at Yale, and hasn’t done much to earn more ice time. He had just 7 points last season. Now, entering his senior year, Stevens is in a tough spot.
Likely a longshot to amount to an NHLer at this point, I would be shocked if the Carolina Hurricanes offered him an ELC. But, the Hurricanes will have 30 days after his season ends to decide that.
Finishing up at forward with Kevin Wall, a kid the Hurricanes just selected in the 6th round of the 2019 draft. Wall played at a prep school in 2017-18, which led to him being undrafted in 2018. After breaking out in the BCHL, the Canes took Wall as an overager, and he’s now set to start his college career at Penn State University.
He’s good decent size (6’0, 187lbs), he’s a smooth skater and has a lethal shot. He scored 31 goals in 49 games with Chilliwack last year, and will now have ample time to develop his game with the solid Penn State hockey program.
It’ll likely be a few years before we see Wall turn pro, but he’s got some promising tools and, if he can put them all together, has a chance to fit in with the Carolina Hurricanes in the future.