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Canes Wrap Up Activities at 2015 NHL Draft

by Ken Preston / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today wrapped up its activities at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, FL, by selecting eight players and making two trades. The eight players drafted in Rounds 2-7 join defenseman Noah Hanifin, whom the team selected in the first round (5th overall) on Friday, to complete Carolina’s 2015 NHL Draft class.

Saturday’s action began with the Hurricanes’ acquisition of goaltender Eddie Lack from Vancouver in exchange for its third-round (66th overall) pick in 2015, and its seventh-round pick in 2016. The team quickly followed that news by selecting right wing Sebastien Aho from Finland.

Aho, 17, played the 2014-15 season with Karpat of the Finnish Elite League, scoring four goals and earning seven assists (11 points) in 27 games. The Rauma, Finland, native also played in 10 games with Karpat’s junior team, notching one goal and earning nine assists in 10 games. Aho (5’11”, 172 lbs.) competed for his home country in five different international tournaments last season, including the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship. He ranked tied for third among all skaters with five goals at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, and ranked tied for second on Finland’s team with seven points in the four-game tournament. Please click here for Aho’s NHL.com prospect bio.

Having traded its third-round pick in the Lack trade, Carolina waited until the fourth round to select goaltender Callum Booth from the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the 93rd pick. The Montreal, Que., native finished his second QMJHL season ranked sixth in the league with a 3.05 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. Booth (6’3”, 199 lbs.) ranked ninth among QMJHL goaltenders with 23 wins in 41 appearances, and helped the Remparts to the second-best (40-25-3) record in the East Division. Click here for Booth’s NHL.com prospect bio.

With two fourth-round picks, the Hurricanes did not have to wait long to use the 96th overall pick on center Nicolas Roy from Chicoutimi of the QMJHL. The Amos, Que., native scored 16 goals and earned 34 assists (50 point) in 68 games in the 2014-15 season. In international play, Roy (6’4”, 195 lbs.) captured gold with Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, and bronze at the 2015 U-18 IIHF World Junior Championship. Please find Roy’s NHL.com prospect bio here.

Shortly after picking Booth and Roy, the Hurricanes announced that the team had acquired defenseman James Wisniewski from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Anton Khudobin.

In the fifth round, Carolina selected left wing Luke Stevens from Massachusetts high school team Noble & Greenough. The Bellair, CA, native notched 11 goals and earned 18 assists (29 points) in 23 games in 2014-15. Stevens (6’4”, 192 lbs.) is the son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Kevin Stevens. His NHL.com prospect bio is here.

Also in the fifth round, the Hurricanes selected right wing Spencer Smallman with the 138th overall pick. The Summerside, P.E.I., native notched 23 goals and earned 33 assists (56 points) in 66 games with Saint John of the QMJHL in 2014-15. Smallman (6’0”, 184 lbs.) ranked second among Sea Dogs skaters in scoring and plus/minus (+17) as Saint John finished third in the Maritimes Division. His QMJHL bio is here.

Carolina used its first of two sixth-round picks to take defenseman Jake Massie 156th overall from Kimball Union High School in New Hampshire. In 2014-15, the Montreal, Que., native notched five goals and earned 15 assists (20 points) with Kimball Union. Massie (6’0”, 172 lbs.) is slated to play the 2015-16 season with Omaha of the United States Hockey League (USHL) before beginning his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016-17.

Later in the sixth round, the Hurricanes returned to the New England high school ranks to take center David Cotton 196th overall. The Parker, TX, native completed the 2014-15 season with 27 goals and 42 assists (69 points) in 33 games for Cushing Academy in Massachusetts. Cotton (6’2”, 200 lbs.) plans to play 2015-16 for Waterloo of the USHL before joining Boston College in 2016-17.

The Hurricanes used their final pick of the 2015 NHL Draft to select forward Steven Lorentz (6’3”, 191 lbs.) from the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The Kitchener, Ont., native had 16 goals and 21 assists (37 points) in 59 OHL games in 2014-15.

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