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Canes Wrap Up Activity at 2016 NHL Draft

by Ken Preston / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday used their seven picks in Rounds 2-7 of the 2016 NHL Draft to add four forwards, two goaltenders and one defenseman to the organization’s depth chart. The players join defenseman Jake Bean (13th overall, Calgary – WHL) and forward Julien Gauthier (21st overall, Val d’Or – QMJHL), whom the team selected on Friday, to round out the Hurricanes’ nine-player 2016 draft class.

Carolina used its first pick of the draft’s second day (second round, 43rd overall) to select forward Janne Kuokkanen from Karpat Jr. of the Finnish Junior League. The Hurricanes then pivoted to the third round where they held three picks. With the 67th overall pick, Carolina selected left wing Matt Filipe from Cedar Rapid of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The Hurricanes then picked back-to-back, selecting center Hudson Elynuik from Spokane of the Western Hockey League (WHL) 74th overall, and goaltender Jack Lafontaine from Janesville of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) 75th overall.

The Hurricanes held their own picks in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds of the seven-round draft. With the draft’s 104th pick in the fourth round, Carolina selected forward Max Zimmer from Chicago of the USHL. The Hurricanes then used pick No. 134 in the fifth round to take their second goaltender of the draft, Jeremy Helvig from Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Without a seventh-round pick, Carolina used its final pick of the draft to select defenseman Noah Carroll from Guelph of the OHL.

A complete list of the Hurricanes’ 2016 NHL Draft selections is below along with links to prospects bios from NHL.com, and the players’ respective leagues. Many of Carolina’s 2016 draftees will attend the team’s Prospects Development Camp from July 6-9 in Raleigh. For information on Prospects Development Camp and the Hurricanes Summerfest events surrounding the camp, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/summerfest.

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