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Day Two: Pick by Pick

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Michael Smith

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The Carolina Hurricanes made eight selections on day two of the 2015 NHL Draft. Here’s a quick snapshot of each with quotes from Canes Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald and the prospects themselves.

Sebastian Aho, RW, Karpat (Finland)

MacDonald’s take: “Speed. Skill. Plays with men in the elite league in Finland. … He’s an impressive young man. We like the upside. He’s not a real big guy, but the speed, skill and consistent level of compete are very, very attractive to us.”

Callum Booth, G, Quebec (QMJHL)

MacDonald’s take: “He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s a big man, and he moves very well. … He’s a very highly-regarded goalie by Hockey Canada. We wanted to take a goalie, and we’re especially pleased to get one who is a pretty accomplished athlete.”

Booth on being drafted: “I’m very excited. It’s been a really nice experience to go through it all with my family. It’s been an unforgettable experience.”

Booth on sharing the day with his family: “My family is really happy. It’s been an amazing experience to go through it with them. My family has done so much for me, and I’m just so happy to have been here with them and been drafted by the Hurricanes.”

Booth on his style of play: “I try when I’m in net just to do everything I can to stop the puck. … If there was one guy I wish I played like, it’d be Pekka Rinne.”

Booth on what’s next: “My goal is just to work as hard as I can. I’m going to try as hard as I can just to make it to that next level, whether it takes a long time or not. I’m never going to stop working or trying my best to get there.”

Nicolas Roy, C, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)

MacDonald’s take: “He’s a pretty complete player. He plays well on both sides of the puck. … He had a pretty solid year for a team that was kind of in the middle of the pack. We’re pretty happy with what we have – a lot of size, good hockey sense and a guy that competes hard on a consistent basis.”

Roy on being drafted: “It was a pretty long day. You always wanted to be drafted higher, but at the end what you want is a chance to show yourself. I’m really ready to be with the Hurricanes.”

Roy on his style of play: “I think I’m a two-way player. I’m good on faceoffs. I can be very good offensively. I have really good vision. I’m really good defensively, too.”

Roy on who he models his play after: “Sometimes I compare myself to Jordan Staal.”

Luke Stevens, LW, Noble Greenough (High Mass.)

MacDonald’s take: “He’s a big man with big upside. He’s a big kid who is still developing. … We think we can afford to sit and wait for him to develop and evolve as a player. We like the size, compete and skill that he has right now.”

Spencer Smallman, RW, Saint John (QMJHL)

MacDonald’s take: “An underrated, under-the-radar guy. … This kid is an underrated player. He put up impressive numbers, and he’s also very responsible. He kills penalties, plays well away from the puck and is a character guy with leadership qualities. They are pretty excited about him in Saint John, and we felt, at the spot we were picking, we didn’t want to pass on him.”

Jake Massie, D, Kimball Union (High NH)

MacDonald’s take: “He’s such a big guy. He’s pretty slight right now, and he has to fill out. The man strength isn’t there yet because he’s still maturing physically. We like his composure as a player. We like his ability to handle and move the puck and his ability to make good decisions under pressure. Upside is the word here. The toolbox is there. He just has to fill out. He’s got a great sense for the game. When the physical components start to come together, and he starts to mature and get bigger and stronger, we’ll expect he’ll evolve into a pretty good defenseman.”

Massie on being drafted: “I was a little nervous at the beginning. It kind of went on a little longer than I expected, but I’m very excited to get started with Carolina. … To finally hear my name called, it means the world, and I’m so excited.”

Massie on his style of play: “I like to take risks. I’m more of an offensive defenseman. … I like to join the rush and make risky plays but still come back to the defensive zone to play D.”

David Cotton, C, Cushing Academy (High Mass.)

MacDonald’s take: “He’s a big guy who skates very well. His skill level is very impressive, and he put up pretty good numbers. … With that big body, skating ability and playmaking ability, we’re excited about what this kid could become down the road.”

Cotton on being drafted: “I was eager in the stands watching all the names get called and seeing them smile with their parents. It’s one of those things that you can’t really put into words. You kind of have to really feel it. It’s an unbelievable feeling that I got to share it with my parents and have my brothers watching back home.”

Cotton on his hockey background in Texas: “I was two at the time when the Dallas Stars won the Cup in ’99. I just kind of hopped in with the crowd, and it brought me to here. … I still live [in Texas]. My family has always been located down there. I’ve moved around the country billeting in Detroit, Colorado and Cushing [Academy]. It’s kind of taken me everywhere.”

Cotton on his style of play: “I feel like I’m a big, skilled forward. … I have the size and stature to mold to different playing styles. I think my versatility is a big key.”

Steven Lorentz, C, Peterborough (OHL)

MacDonald’s take: “He’s a late-bloomer. Plays in the Ontario Hockey League, and he’s been through a draft. A hard-nosed, two-way player. When he was drafted into the OHL, he was like 5-foot-9, 138. Now he’s like 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. He’s gotten a lot bigger and stronger and rounded out his game. He’s a good two-way player who plays well with and without the puck.”

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