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Experts Praise Canes' Draft Picks

Canes grade highly in post-draft analyses

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Final grades are in, and by all accounts, the Carolina Hurricanes assembled one of the league's most impressive collection of picks at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

The obvious caveat is that the Hurricanes won't truly know how this draft class measures up for around three to five years, as these players progress through the development cycle in hopes of becoming NHL players. However, early results are very promising and optimistic on the 12 players the Canes added to their prospect pipeline over the weekend.

Wheeler: Ranking every team's Day 2 at the 2019 NHL Draft ($)

The Athletic, Scott Wheeler

Grade: Winners

"In six years of doing this, I have never been as impressed with a team's performance at the draft as I am by Carolina's this weekend."

Wheeler: Ranking the 2019 NHL Draft's first-round winners and losers into tiers ($)

The Athletic, Scott Wheeler

Grade: Winners

"[Ryan Suzuki] is ridiculously skilled, and that made him my No. 16 prospect, so the Hurricanes knocked this one out of the park at No. 28. The reward will be significant once (or if) he puts it all together. Suzuki is one of the best playmakers in the draft."

Pronman: 2019 NHL Draft grades for all 31 teams ($)

The Athletic, Corey Pronman

Grade: A-

"Carolina had 12 picks and got a lot of talent. Even at No. 28, Ryan Suzuki has some value, and I also saw value in the Patrik Puistola pick. … Carolina already had a strong, deep farm and this weekend helped reaffirm that they have one of the best pipelines in the league."

Grading the Carolina Hurricanes' 2019 draft class ($)

The Athletic, Corey Pronman

Grade: A-

"Carolina said they were going forward, and they went forward and they got a very good one. Suzuki had a tough end in April but overall I liked his season. He's an elite playmaker who, despite Carolina's system being deep, especially at forward, will be near the top of the system in terms of talent."

2019 NHL draft grades: Best picks, value steals and more for all 31 teams ($)

ESPN, Chris Peters

Grade: A

"Considering this team was just in the Eastern Conference finals, the Canes had an absurd amount of picks -- seven in the top 100, and even added a 2020 first-rounder in the Patrick Marleau trade -- and I loved the value they got. It starts with Ryan Suzuki and his elite passing slipping to them at No. 28. He has elite vision and anticipates exceptionally well. … The value added to their prospect pool was exceptional."

What we learned at the 2019 NHL draft

ESPN, Emily Kaplan & Greg Wyshynski

Grade: Best overall team

"So smart. So shrewd. For a playoff team to have 12 draft picks is a heck of a thing. For a team with 12 picks to nail as many of them as the Hurricanes did - especially Ryan Suzuki at No. 28 and Patrik Puistola all the way at No. 73 - is exemplary."

NHL Draft 2019: Team-by-Team Results, Grades and Analysis

Bleacher Report

Grade: A

"The Carolina Hurricanes may not have had their first pick until No. 28, but they made 12 selections over the two days of the draft. And they made some great decisions with their large number of picks."

NHL Draft results 2019: Grades, analysis for every pick in Round 1

Sporting News

Grade: A

"Ryan did not have the luxury of playing on a deep team but still carried the offense after Barrie gutted its roster. He's quick, has an deadly wrister but also contributes in other areas beyond the offensive zone."

NHL Draft Grades: East


Grade: A

"Carolina had a very good 2019 NHL Draft thanks in large part to an outstanding Day 2. [Ryan] Suzuki was the first choice of the Hurricanes. The brother of Montreal prospect Nick Suzuki has great offensive instincts and playmaking skills. … The Hurricanes added plenty of value in the second and third rounds of the draft with selections of goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov (36th), center Jamieson Rees (44th), winger Patrik Puistola (73rd) as well as defensemen Anttoni Honka (83rd) and Domenick Fensore (90th)."

Winners and losers from NHL Draft weekend

Yahoo! Sports

Grade: Winner

"Carolina's willingness to facilitate Patrick Marleau's Toronto exit was no bail out. Like vultures, the Hurricanes circled in on a tremendous asset in a future first-round pick from the Maple Leafs, all through weaponizing their cap space on the draft floor. It's wonderful asset management."

2019 NHL Draft first-round results, analysis

"The Hurricanes got a player (Ryan Suzuki) considered by some scouts to have the highest hockey IQ in the draft."

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