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DALLAS - As expected, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Andrei Svechnikov with the second overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
By now, you've probably read a thing or two about the 18-year-old Russian winger, but here are some quick facts to help you become more familiar with the newest member of the Hurricanes organization.
- He's a left-shooting right winger who measures in at 6-foot-2 and 192 pounds.
- He will wear No. 37 with the Hurricanes.
Video: Get to Know Svechnikov
- His brother, Evgeny, plays for the Detroit Red Wings. He was drafted 19th overall by Detroit in 2015. Andrei was at that draft, and Evgeny was in Dallas to see his brother get selected second overall.
- He moved to North America when he was 16 years old to play for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL. His mom lived with him, and he was not even 50 miles from his brother, who was playing in the AHL in Grand Rapids.
- He was named USHL Rookie of the Year after scoring 29 goals and 58 points in 48 games with Muskegon in his first season in North America in 2016-17.
- He was named OHL Rookie of the Year and CHL Top Prospect of the Year after scoring 40 goals and totaling 72 points with Barrie in the 2017-18 season.
Video: Andrei Svechnikov Visits Carolina
- When he lines up against his brother in their first NHL game against one another, he joked that there would be a "fight right away."
- He said his English was bad, but that's not entirely true. He's taken classes to help learn, and living in North America for the last two years certainly helps as well.
- Does he compare his game to anyone? "Not really," he said. "Maybe Evgeny Kuznetsov or Marian Hossa."
- Head coach Rod Brind'Amour told him "congrats" and "welcome to Carolina" when they shook hands on stage after he was selected second overall.
- He will be back in Raleigh at Prospects Development Camp next week.