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Experts Laud Canes' Draft Picks

Canes earn high marks in post-draft grades

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

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Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke spoke glowingly about the eight players that comprised the Carolina Hurricanes' 2020 NHL Draft class, noting the common thread of a high-level of hockey sense.

"They earned the selection. They were able to show their talents to us and basically force us to select them," Yorke said. "We're thrilled with this class."

And, by all accounts, they should be thrilled with their haul, again considered to be among the most highly regarded draft classes from 2020.

When you're analyzing an NHL Draft just days after completion, though, it's important to consider that the true return on a class won't be evident for another three to five years, as these players progress through their development cycles in hopes of becoming NHLers. However, early returns are very promising on the eight players the Canes added to their prospect pipeline this week.

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The Athletic, Scott Wheeler

Grade: Overtime winners

"I didn't hide how much I loved what the Hurricanes did at the 2019 draft (still the best performance of the draft a year later!) and the Jarvis pick, with Askarov off the board, feels like it's almost too on brand. The Canes have a habit of taking slick, puck-dominant, playmaking types. And those are exactly the things that Jarvis does best. You want the play running through him. You want the puck in his hands and his linemates to revolve around him. When people talk about the depth of the 2020 draft a decade from now, they'll talk about those big names in the top-10. But they'll also point to a talent like Jarvis at 13th overall."

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The Athletic, Scott Wheeler

Grade: Winners

"It was no surprise when they took my best player available on Wednesday at No. 41 with Noel Gunler, who ranked 10th on my final board. On pure talent, Gunler was the most talented player available on Day 2, bar none. … I'm a huge fan of the job they've done. They see the game a lot like I do, and I think that's reflected in the program they've been able to build. The proof will be in its longevity when the Canes remain as contenders for the next few years, I'd bet."

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The Athletic, Corey Pronman

Grade: B+

"I'm a big fan of Seth Jarvis, who Carolina got at 13. Noel Gunler at 41 will be a talking point of this draft. Among scouts, he's a consensus late first-round talent. … They targeted high skill afterward in Vasili Ponomarev and Zion Nybeck."

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ESPN, Chris Peters

Grade: B+

"The Hurricanes seem to have a habit of picking players whom I really, really like. Seth Jarvis was a solid pick in the first round - he's a highly productive player with skill. Carolina also had a strong second round, grabbing two players I graded out in the first round. … It was great value in this class for Carolina. The Hurricanes have been building up a really strong prospect system, and this group advances it further."

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Bleacher Report

Grade: A+

"Seth Jarvis of the Portland Winterhawks is a Carolina Hurricane, one year after he was one of two Western Hockey League players to finish top five in his league in goals (42) and assists (56) in just 58 games. … The Canes may have also got a steal in Swedish forward Noel Gunler with the 41st overall pick. Gunler was ranked as a top-25 prospect by multiple sites, including 19th by McKeen's Hockey and 22nd by Elite Prospects."

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Grade: Winners

"[The 13th overall pick] was an amazing addition for Carolina, given that all it really cost them was money. With that draft pick, Carolina took Seth Jarvis, who is an all-around great forward. He is undersized, but Jarvis is capable of both contributing offensively and helping out the Hurricanes defensively. On top of that, Noel Gunler, who they took with the 41st overall pick, is a potential steal. He's a bit of a gamble, but he wouldn't have looked out of place as a late first-rounder. He's got a lot of upside and an amazing shot."

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