RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes on Friday used their first-round pick (12th overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft to select center Martin Necas (NEH-chahs). The selection of Necas was the Hurricanes' only activity during the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft which will continue tomorrow at the United Center in Chicago (10 a.m. ET, NHL Network).
Necas, 18, spent the 2016-17 season with HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga, the Czech Republic's top professional league. He notched seven goals and earned eight assists (15 points) in 41 regular-season games, and ranked third on the team with three power-play goals. The Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, native scored four goals in 10 playoff games as Brno won the league championship.
In international play, Necas (6'1", 178 lbs.) represented the Czech Republic at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship, notching three points (1g, 2a) in five games. He captained his home country's team to its first gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in August 2016, scoring two goals and earning four assists in four tournament games. He also earned three assists in the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.