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2018 NHL Draft: Pick-by-Pick

Profiling each of the Canes' six draft picks

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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DALLAS - The Carolina Hurricanes made six selections over seven rounds, including the second overall pick, at the 2018 NHL Draft. Here's a quick snapshot of each pick with quotes from the Hurricanes Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald, President and General Manager Don Waddell and the prospects themselves.

1st Round, No. 2: Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL)

MacDonald's take: "He's a complete player. He plays a 200-foot game. He can play the power game. He can play the finesse game. He's big and strong and has skill. He understands how to play with and without the puck. ... I think he's probably one of the most complete players we've seen in a few years. He gives you a little bit of everything. He's a guy who is capable of being an impact player for your franchise for a lot of years."

Waddell's take: "The threat of every time he's on the ice he can score goals. He scored 40 goals this year in 44 games. Goal scoring is at a premium. … Andrei is a player who is not afraid to go to the net, and when he goes to the net, he goes hard. He shoots the puck so well. When you look at the abilities he has, it can be a game-changer for you."

Svechnikov on being drafted: "It feels great. I'm super happy. It was my dream, and it came true. It's the best moment of my life."

Svechnikov on visiting Raleigh in early June: "I was there a couple weeks ago. It was fun. It's a team that's on the way up. That suits me."

Svechnikov on if he compares his game to anyone: "Not really. Maybe Evgeny Kuznetsov or Marian Hossa."

Video: Canes Draft: Andrei Svechnikov

2nd Round, No. 42: Jack Drury, C, Waterloo (USHL)

MacDonald's take: "He's a tremendous young man. He's a great person. He's a good player. He's a gritty, smart kid who understands the game well. The bloodline is there; there's hockey in this kid. He's a natural leader."

Drury on being drafted: "I'm thrilled. It's hard to describe. I'm happy to be taken by a great organization like Carolina. I'm excited to start something great. I've got a lot of work to do, but it's good to kind of finally have something within your control. Now I know a team's got me and the work I have to do."

Drury on committing to Harvard: "It's going to be awesome. It's obviously a phenomenal place to be. There are great coaches, and most of all the kids there seem awesome, my teammates. It's going to push me to get better and work towards being ready for the NHL."

Drury on advice he's been given by his father, Ted, and uncle, Chris: "They both always told me that you play hockey to have fun. … They told me if you do want to make it to the NHL, it takes a ton of hard work. This is a small little speck in the grand scheme of things, and I've still got a lot of word to do."

Drury on creating his own legacy in the NHL: "It helps getting to learn from them, but for me personally, I want to create something of my own. I don't just want to be known as Ted Drury's son or Chris Drury's nephew; I want to be known as Jack Drury. That's something they appreciate and have supported with that. It's my career. I've got to take control of it."

Video: Canes Draft: Jack Drury

4th Round, No. 96: Luke Henman, C, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)

MacDonald's take: "Very smart, tenacious, plays well with and without the puck. … He's tall enough, he's just a skinny, light kid who needs to add some mass. Tremendous competitor - that was the big thing about him. Very gritty kid."

Henman on being drafted: "You really never know until your name is called. I'm obviously super excited. It couldn't have worked out any better."

Henman on who he models his game after: "I sort of play like a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Two-way forward. Really smart. Good passer. High hockey IQ."

Henman on what he needs to improve: "I still have a lot of growing to do. I definitely need to mature physically, but that's the easiest part. I've got the six feet now, which is good, but I need to put on some muscle. It's all up to me, really."

Video: Canes Draft: Luke Henman

4th Round, No. 104: Lenni Killinen, RW, Blues Jr. (Finland)

MacDonald's take: "He's a hard-working kid and a hard guy to play against. He plays a pretty complete game. … He's a good skater and has decent size. Another guy who is going to get stronger and bigger moving forward. We think the upside there is significant."

Tweet from @NHLCanes: With the 104th pick in the 2018 #NHLDraft, the #Canes select Lenni Killinen! pic.twitter.com/oMKwQnTCO1

6th Round, No. 166: Jesper Sellgren, D, Modo (Sweden)

MacDonald's take: "A puck-moving defenseman. A guy that fits today's style of game. He's skilled and quick. He can go back to get the puck, make the first pass, give-and-go through the neutral zone. … He's smart and can distribute the puck. He's not a real big guy, but he's big enough by today's standards. The kind of defenseman who fits in today's game."

Tweet from @NHLCanes: With the 166th pick in the 2018 #NHLDraft, the #Canes select Jesper Sellgren! pic.twitter.com/mrwnds4VwH

7th Round, No. 197: Jacob Kucharski, G, Des Moines (USHL)

MacDonald's take: "Plenty of size. Big man. … He's a kid who has tremendous upside. Our goalie guys liked him a lot. They liked his size and competitiveness."

Kucharski on being drafted: "It was kind of a blur. I don't remember a whole lot. It was a really exciting feeling. I'm happy to be a part of Carolina."

Kucharski on his goaltending style: "Every goalie has their own unique way, but right now I think I'm a mix of Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray. Bigger guy, trying to refine the technical aspects, but I think I have the athleticism and skating ability."

Video: Canes Draft: Jacob Kucharski

Last Thoughts from MacDonald

"You can never check all the boxes, but given the picks we had and where we were picking, I think we came out of it in pretty good shape. We came out of it with some guys we really like. That's always important," he said. "They're all quality kids. They bring that to the table, and we'll see how it goes when we get them into development camp."

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