That didn't take as long as he thought...the itch to get going and the possibility he could play some or all of the season in the NHL was too hard to resist. No wrong decision to be made here although I would sure look to get my entry level deal jumpstarted if I'm thinking about financials... He could be 20 and ask for and get a contract extension for 5 or 6 years at $5+ million per now that we've effectively stopped bothering with bridge contracts in the NHL.
I'm encouraged by his enthusiasm and view of this as a challenge to overcome. Even if this year ends up another bad one, the chance to watch Hanifin start his career and compete in preseason with Fleury and our other D prospects for a job will be something we will all get excited about. And who knows, maybe the Canes will be sending 2 USA blueliners to world competitions years down the road.
Bottom line ... Carolina's D is weak as water and they aren't going anywhere this season so you may as well let it ride on the kid and let him take his lumps while we stink.
Sounds cynical, but them's the facts. And the same holds for Fluery. Bring 'em all up and let's get the development process going. If they struggle, send 'em back to Charlotte to build up again. Same approach was taken with Faulkie and that worked out pretty well. And I trust this staff about a million times more than the guys who were in charge when Faulk came up.
Was going to post this yesterday, had to run. But essentially the way I see it is the same. Why not? Get their development going now, not like we have anything better going on. What is key is that expectations are set appropriately. Work hard, learn and enjoy the process. Don't set the bar too high (can't set it much lower than it already is anyway.... so)
Just a reminder that Fleury can't be sent to Charlotte, he has to be offered back to Red Deer first.
But, seriously, we have 3 NHL caliber dmen on the roster; Faulk, Hainsey and Wis. If Hanifin and Fleury can't beat out two of Murphy, Liles or Jordan, our scouting department sucks more than I thought. If Hanifin stays in Raleigh, it has the added benefit of allowing 1 more guy in Charlotte to develop...Pesce, Carrick, Slavin, Biega, Lowe, etc.
"If he’s ready to play, he’ll be in our lineup come October,” said Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis. “If he needs more time, we’ll do what we have to do to help in that regard, as well. We want what’s right for Noah.”
Transitions and crossovers are the hardest thing for a defenseman. Quite a few lose a half step. I've worked with many trying to gain that half step and accelerate out.