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Canes Select Five on Day Two of Draft

by Terrell Williams / Carolina Hurricanes
Audio: Jim Rutherford | Tony MacDonald | Brian Dumoulin

The Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday by making five selections on the draft’s second day. Defenseman Brian Dumoulin (2nd round, 51st overall), left wing Mattias Lindstrom (3rd round, 88th overall), right wing Matt Kennedy (5th round, 131st overall), defenseman Rasmus Rissanen (6th round, 178th overall) and defenseman Tommi Kivisto (7th round, 208th overall) join Carolina’s first-round (27th overall) pick, Philippe Paradis, in rounding out Carolina’s 2009 draft class.

With the 51st overall pick, the Hurricanes selected defenseman Brian Dumoulin, 17, of the Junior Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). Dumoulin (6’3’’, 197 lbs.) was named the EJHL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008-09, notching 30 points (7g, 23a) in 41 games and leading his team to the EJHL’s regular-season title. The Biddeford, ME, native totaled 13 goals and 48 assists (61 points) in 24 games for Biddeford High School in 2007-08, and has committed to play college hockey at national powerhouse Boston College next year.

Lindstrom (6’4’’, 203 lbs.) split the 2008-09 season between the Swedish Junior League and the Swedish Elite League (SEL). Born in Lulea, Sweden, he notched eight goals and five assists (13 points) and 46 penalty minutes in 31 games with Skelleftea Jr., and skated in seven games with Skelleftea’s SEL squad, netting one goal. Lindstrom, 18, shot up the rankings during the second half of the 2008-09 season, rising from the 55th-ranked European skater to the 22nd-ranked international skater by NHL Central Scouting.

Kennedy, 20, was named Team MVP for Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2008-09, tallying 73 points (33g, 40a) in 67 games during his fourth season of junior hockey. A native of Richmond Hill, Ont., Kennedy also won the team’s Top Scorer Award, the Tony Camilleri Playmaker Trophy (shared with co-winner Brandon Buck), the Fan Club Fan Favourite Award and the Leadership Award (shared with co-winner Nathan Martine). He completed his junior career with 61 goals and 56 assists (117 points) and 303 penalty minutes in 188 career regular-season games. Following the conclusion of Guelph’s season, Kennedy (6’2’’, 203 lbs.) joined Syracuse of the American Hockey League (AHL), netting one goal in four games for the Crunch.

Rissanen, 17, played for Kalpa of the Finnish Junior League in 2008-09, totaling nine points (1g, 8a) and 56 penalty minutes in 29 games. He also spent time with Finland’s under-18 national team, providing a physical presence on the blueline to help the Finns upset Canada for the bronze medal at the Under-18 World Junior Championships. The Kuopio, Finland, native ranked 52nd on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list of international skaters, but rose to 37th in the organization’s final rankings.

Kivisto, 18, played his first season with Red Deer of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2008-09, totaling 22 points (1g, 21a) in 65 games for the Rebels. A native of Vantaa, Finland, Kivisto also represented his home country at the World Junior Championships, netting one goal in six games. Prior to joining Red Deer, Kivisto (6’1’’, 185 lbs.) played in Finland for Jokerit’s junior system, and also skated for Finland at the under-18 World Junior Championships, earning three points (1g, 2a).
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