On the day in 2016 when the Carolina Hurricanes drafted Jake Bean simply a few weeks previous his 18th birthday, the lanky skater was requested to explain his type of play.
“I’m a two-way defenseman who can play big minutes against the other team’s top guys,” Bean stated. “I’m a guy who sees the ice really well.”
And his greatest weak spot?
“My strength,” he stated. “In some aspects that’s a good thing because inevitably it will come.”
At the time, Bean was a hockey stick on skates at 6-foot-1, 172 kilos. Big minutes in opposition to one of the best gamers meant video games within the Western Hockey League with the Calgary Hitmen. He had an extended technique to go to get to the National Hockey League.
Now he’s there.
Bean remains to be 6-1, however now ideas the scales at 186 kilos — nonetheless lean however stronger. He has discovered a spot within the Hurricanes lineup, and will not be shedding it anytime quickly — not if he retains enjoying the best way he has the previous 5 video games for the Canes (12-4-1).
In the staff’s 4-2 loss Monday to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bean had a game-high seven photographs. He moved the puck properly, earned his fifth help of the season and made some decisive performs within the defensive zone with defensive companion Haydn Fleury. Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour is utilizing him on the second power-play unit.
“He’s got poise for sure,” Brind’Amour stated on a current media name. “To get a real assessment of a player you’ve really got to get him in the mix in a regular fashion. I think it’s unfair to put him in and then take him out. You’ve really got to give him a little run here to get a true assessment of what you’re getting.”
Bean stated Monday his consolation degree is rising with every recreation, that he feels extra positive of himself and what he can do.
“I’ve never been one to just be able to step in and just be super confident right off the bat,” Bean stated. “I usually grow up pretty naturally, so hopefully I can continue to do that and help us win games.”
‘Long time coming’
Bean grew up in Calgary and across the NHL — his father, John, is president and CEO of the Calgary Flames. within the 2016 NHL Draft, Bean was thought-about the most effective offensive defensemen obtainable and was taken thirteenth total, one decide forward of Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins.
Brind’Amour typically speaks of gamers “paying their dues” and Bean did that within the American Hockey League. Given the Canes’ depth on the again finish, Bean performed 129 regular-season video games for the Charlotte Checkers. He was a member of the 2019 Calder Cup champion staff and earned the Eddie Shore Award in 2020 because the AHL’s greatest defenseman.
“It feels like a long time coming for me,” Bean stated throughout coaching camp. “It’s not exactly how I thought it would go two or three years ago, but I took advantage of being in the American Hockey League and getting a lot of ice time in. I think I’m NHL-ready.”
Bean, 22, started the season on the Canes’ taxi squad, ambivalent about it, saying it might be extra useful to play video games with the Chicago Wolves, the Canes’ new AHL affiliate, than simply observe with the massive staff. He didn’t play the primary three video games, was in for 3, then was out for the following six video games earlier than going again into the lineup Feb. 15 in opposition to Columbus.
Bean had two assists in opposition to the Blue Jackets, his first NHL factors, and a plus-2 score. He now has assists up to now three video games and a plus-5 plus/minus score for the previous 5 video games — he was plus-1 in quarter-hour of ice time Monday.
“The first thing that stands out to me is just his poise with the puck,” defenseman Brett Pesce stated Tuesday. “He’s not afraid to make a play. He’s got tons of talent.”
Bean is getting that “little run” of video games Brind’Amour talked about and the Canes have been getting some strong play from the previous first-rounder.
“We know if we’re healthy we’re going to have to shuffle the lineup a little to keep everyone engaged,” Brind’Amour stated. “But he’s got poise and we like that about him.”
Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning
When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.