Well, another draft has come and gone for the Hurricanes, and this fan couldn’t be happier.
Unlike in previous years, where Rutherford drafted some head-scratchers, (Phillipe Paradis? Igor Knyazev?) this time around the Canes go solid picks straight through the entire draft.
It is unfortunate, however, that the Canes didn’t manage to get another First round pick. They were offering all three of their Second Round picks but couldn’t find any takers. That’s not to say they weren’t successful on the trade side of things though, as the Hurricanes picked up three players via trade,
I won’t go into too many specific details about all the players, but some highlights of the draft include:
Jeff Skinner- Chosen with the 7th overall pick, Skinner is a pure scoring machine from the Kitchener Rangers. Expect to see him playing on Eric Staal’s wing in the not-too-distant future.
Riley Nash- Acquired from Edmonton, Nash is a decent playmaking center. While he won’t blow you away with his skill, he certainly knows how to produce, as evidenced by his 102 points in 102 NCAA games.
Justin Faulk- This stocky two-way defenseman Is very solid and consistant. Think Tim Gleason with a better shot.
Bobby Sanguinetti- Acquired from the Rangers, this young two-way defenseman will get a very long look in training camp and will likely make the team. With 80 points in his last two AHL seasons, Sanguinetti will bring a bit of offensive flair to the Hurricanes blueline.
Those are my draft highlights, what do you think was the Hurricanes best move in the draft, and how would you rank their success?
Until next time,
About the Author
Written by Chris Cote
Originally from Cadillac, Saskatchewan, I've been a Hurricanes/Whalers fan for as long as anyone can remember. I have completed two years of Journalism studies from the University of Regina and love to write...