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2019 NHL Draft: Pick-by-Pick

Profiling each of the Canes' 12 draft picks

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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VANCOUVER - It was a busy 24 hours in Vancouver for the Carolina Hurricanes, who made 12 selections over seven rounds at the 2019 NHL Draft.

Here's a quick snapshot of each pick with quotes from Hurricanes Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke, President and General Manager Don Waddell and the prospects themselves.

1st Round, No. 28: Ryan Suzuki, C, Barrie (OHL)

Yorke's take: "The definition of speed and skill. You look at a guy who can really drive possession and carry the puck into the offensive zone. He can make plays on both sides of the puck. He's really the definition of the playmaking center that you really covet."

Waddell's take: "He was high on our list. I think he was 12th on our list, and we drafted him 28th. … When you're able to get that type of skill, we think it's a great addition to the organization."

Suzuki on the feeling of being drafted: "Right now, I can't really to put into words. I think when I reflect on it maybe tomorrow or the next day I'll be able to look back and really enjoy the moment. … I'm just super excited to be a part of Carolina."

Suzuki on his style of play: "I'm a playmaking centerman. I like to be electric and make plays all around the ice. I think I'm a super smart player."

Suzuki on playing with Andrei Svechnikov in Barrie: "He's a true professional. I learned a lot from him. … Everyone saw what he did on the ice, but they didn't really see all the background stuff he was doing. He was in the gym all the time. He was stretching and just taking care of himself. Just being a pro on and off the ice. That's something I can take away from him. That's what I did, and it helped me out a lot this year."

Suzuki on sharing his draft moment with his brother, Nick, who was selected by Vegas in 2017: "Just having him by my side, he's always been my biggest role model throughout my whole career. Just seeing him, he was so happy for me. It was definitely a good moment for our family. I've got a bunch of my family here, and I'm looking forward to celebrating with them."

Suzuki on what he knows about the Hurricanes: "I saw the Storm Surges they were doing. It was always good fun. The fans are pretty wild there, so I'm looking forward to playing in front of them. I've heard great things from Svech. They're a young team. I'm looking forward to getting down there and getting to work."

Video: 2019 NHL Draft: Ryan Suzuki

2nd Round, No. 36: Pyotr Kochetkov, G, Ryazan (Russia)

Yorke's take: "Pyotr is a name that came onto the scenes in the Canada/Russia Series with the WHL going against the Russians. He stole a couple of games and continued that all the way through into the World Juniors. It's that big, athletic goalie that can really steal games. It's another guy we're really excited to have."

Tweet from @NHLCanes: Looking good in the red & black, Pyotr #LetsGoCanes pic.twitter.com/m1clKrX24c

2nd Round, No. 44: Jamieson Rees, C, Sarnia (OHL)

Yorke's take: "This is the type of player that our fans are going to love. It's a guy who is basically the Rod Brind'Amour-type player who plays extremely hard and can make big hits. He came into the under-18s and really was a firestarter for Team Canada in being able to play physical and be hard to play against, as well as scoring."

Rees on the feeling of being drafted: "I didn't get much sleep last night, but I'm definitely excited now. … There is nothing better than this."

Rees on his style of play: "You can describe me as a very high-compete forward with good offensive ability. Very physical. Very versatile and able to play many different roles."

Rees on the roots of his strong work ethic: "My dad. When he described the way he played when he was younger, he would say that he had a very high compete. He was smaller, but that's how he played. He didn't take anything from anybody, and I think that's where I get it from."

Video: 2019 NHL Draft: Jamieson Rees

3rd Round, No. 73: Patrik Puistola, RW, Tappara Jr. (Finland)

Yorke's take: "He works extremely hard and has high-end skill. He had an unbelievable season in the second division of the men's league. He put up record-breaking numbers, and he's a player we didn't expect to see there. We're extremely, extremely thrilled to get another high-end skilled player with some great compete."

Puistola on his style of play: "Skilled player. Goal scorer."

Puistola on who he models his game after: "I like [Patrick] Kane and [Nikita] Kucherov, but in the end, I want to be myself."

Puistola on what he needs to improve: "I have to practice hard and improve my physical play so I can battle with big guys in the NHL."

Video: 2019 NHL Draft: Patrik Puistola

3rd Round, No. 83: Anttoni Honka, D, Jukurit (Finland)

Yorke's take: "His brother, Julius, plays in the Dallas Stars organization. Similar type of player. When you look at the way the game is going now, the modern defenseman can skate and move the puck. He's a guy who can run a power play, carry the puck up the ice, make different breakout reads and shoot the puck in the offensive zone. We talk about upside and the speed and skill of the game, this guy fits the bill."

Honka on his style of play: "I like to play with the puck and skate with the puck. Offensive D-man. Try to be good on the power play."

Video: 2019 NHL Draft: Anttoni Honka

3rd Round, No. 90: Domenick Fensore, D, USNTDP

Yorke's take: "This kid is a breakout machine. He's able to go back, get the puck and carry it into the offensive zone. He can make plays from a breakout perspective. He can run a power play. The only reason he's where we drafted him is maybe people were a little bit worried about his size, but that's not how you should be describing these players; you should be talking about what they bring from a skill standpoint, and this kid has a ton of it."

Fensore on the feeling of being drafted: "It's just a dream come true right now. My head is spinning. I don't even know what happened in that moment. I've been dreaming about this my whole life. It's awesome."

Fensore on his style of play: "I'm an offensive defenseman who loves to join the rush, find teammates and create space. I use my skating to ability defensively, as well, closing down gaps and eliminating time and space."

Fensore on what he knows about the Hurricanes: "They had a great year with a run to the Conference Final. It was fun to watch that team. A lot of creative players. They're blue line looks pretty good right now. I'm eager to join that group. It's an awesome feeling."

Fensore on his stature: "Ever since I was growing up, I was not the tallest guy, so I had to work a lot harder than everyone else. I want to be the best player on the ice every day I go into practice."

Video: 2019 NHL Draft: Domenick Fensore

4th Round, No. 99: Cade Webber, D, Rivers Academy (High MA)

Yorke's take: "This is a big, rangy defenseman who moves extremely well. Where the game is going, you need speed. Cade has it at that size. You talk about players who are hard to play against and hard to get around, Cade has all those things."

Webber on the feeling of being drafted: "Very excited. It was a dream my whole life. As a little kid, this is what you dream of. Sitting up there is obviously nerve-wracking. Finally, when your name is called, you jump up. It's just unreal."

Webber on his style of play: "As a person, I'm respectful and hard-working. As a player, I'd say a two-way defenseman who is focused on defense first. I like to shut top lines down and be a big guy to rely on. I can also add that offense in. My skating for my size is kind of what I pride myself on."

Webber on what he knows about Raleigh: "Warm weather. It's an up-and-coming town. I'm excited to get down there. I was a Bruins fan before this, but not anymore now. Carolina all the way."

Video: 2019 NHL Draft: Cade Webber

4th Round, No. 121: Tuukka Tieksola, RW, Karpat Jr. (Finland)

Yorke's take: "He really had a great season with Karpat's junior team. Another high-end skill, high-end speed [player]. He'll probably play full-time in the men's program next year. It's another guy who can really drive the game from an offensive standpoint and make other players better."

Tweet from @NHLCanes: With the 121st pick in the 2019 #NHLDraft, the #Canes select Tuukka Tieksola! pic.twitter.com/bqydnV5rZr

5th Round, No. 152: Kirill Slepets, RW, Yaroslavl (Russia)

Yorke's take: "He's a player that slid through the draft, but again, the common thread we're all going for is speed. This guy can absolutely fly. He can push the pace, get in on the forecheck and create havoc."

Tweet from @NHLCanes: With the 152nd pick in the 2019 #NHLDraft, the #Canes select Kirill Slepets! pic.twitter.com/ORofQZ9DTm

6th Round, No. 181: Kevin Wall, RW, Chilliwack (BCHL)

Yorke's take: "Kevin Wall is probably a name that maybe not too many people know about, but the kid scored 31 goals in 49 games. … He's another guy we feel has an offensive dimension."

Tweet from @NHLCanes: With the 181st pick in the 2019 #NHLDraft, the #Canes select Kevin Wall! pic.twitter.com/NceGHTKwnL

6th Round, No. 183: Blake Murray, C, Sudbury (OHL)

Yorke's take: "He plays for Cory Stillman, a former Hurricane, and is another guy who has that pure offensive dimension. He's a goal scorer. His best asset is his shot. We feel Blake has an opportunity to increase the goal scoring in our organization."

Tweet from @NHLCanes: With the 183rd pick in the 2019 #NHLDraft, the #Canes select Blake Murray! pic.twitter.com/V35Bj6roK3

7th Round, No. 216: Massimo Rizzo, C, Penticton (BCHL)

Yorke's take: "Rizzo came in and, similar to Rees, was highly touted but got a little banged up. We feel that his offensive and competitive dimensions and him going to a great program in North Dakota bodes well for his development."

Tweet from @NHLCanes: With the 216th pick in the 2019 #NHLDraft, the #Canes select Massimo Rizzo! pic.twitter.com/SzrLyT4awG

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