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Lucky number 13.
For the second time in five years, the Carolina Hurricanes are set to make the 13th overall pick in the NHL Draft, a slot that could yield the team a high-end prospect they didn't originally envision having an opportunity to select.
"We can be excited that there's going to be a player who has high impact," Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke said. "I think the top 15 picks or so are very tight. Somebody that we're going to get is going to be able to have an impact for our organization for a long time."
The franchise has twice made the 13th overall selection, two picks separated by 21 years.
Jake Bean (2016)
Bean was one of two players the Canes selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft. The defenseman has since completed two full professional seasons with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League and played in two games with the Canes. In the 2019-20 campaign, Bean led all AHL defensemen with 48 points in 59 games. He ranked tied for fourth overall in the AHL in assists (38) and led the Checkers in both points and assists. In addition to representing the Checkers at the 2020 All-Star Classic, Bean received the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's defenseman of the year and was named an AHL First Team All-Star.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere (1995)
Giguere, the first goaltender off the board in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, compiled a 16-year NHL career during which he won 262 regular-season games, the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Stanley Cup. Giguere's career began in Hartford and ended in Colorado, with waypoints in Calgary and Toronto, as well. But, "Jiggy" had the most success during his nine seasons in Anaheim, where he led the Ducks to two appearances in the Stanley Cup Final. In 2003, he became just the fifth player in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy while playing for the losing squad. In that playoff run, Giguere posted 15 wins, five of which were shutouts, and just six losses, and he boasted a 1.62 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage. Four years later, he helped the Ducks hoist the Stanley Cup with 13 wins in 18 playoff games, a 1.97 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Giguere finished his career with an all-time 2.53 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage and 38 shutouts in 597 regular-season games.
There's a familiar name behind the Canes' bench that was a 13th overall draft pick, too.
Dean Chynoweth (NYI, 1987)
Chynoweth logged 22 points (4g, 18a) in 241 career NHL games over nine seasons with the New York Islanders, who drafted him in 1987, and the Boston Bruins. He also earned 40 points (10g, 30a) in 209 AHL games before making his way behind the bench. Chynoweth served as a head coach in the Western Hockey League and the AHL in various stints between 2000 and 2016. He also served as an assistant coach for the Islanders from 2009-12 and has completed two seasons behind the bench on Rod Brind'Amour's coaching staff.
These former Canes were 13th overall picks, as well.
Ron Hainsey (MTL, 2000)
Now 39 years old, Hainsey has played 1,132 games with seven teams over 17 seasons in the NHL. The veteran blueliner began his career in Montreal before playing with Columbus and Atlanta/Winnipeg before signing a one-year deal with the Canes in Sept. 2013. He parlayed that into a new three-year contract the following June before hitting the open market. Hainsey played exactly 300 games with the Canes, totaling 58 points (15g, 43a) from 2013-17. He was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline in Feb. 2017, and after playing an NHL record 907 regular-season games, he finally appeared in the playoffs for the first time in his career. Two months later, Sidney Crosby handed him the Stanley Cup. Hainsey, who played for the Ottawa Senators in 2019-20, is now an unrestricted free agent.
Alexander Semin (WSH, 2002)
Semin's NHL career was at times scintillating and at others baffling and tumultuous, but when he was on, there was no denying his innate talent. Semin, who now plays for HC Vityaz in the KHL, logged 650 games in the NHL with three teams and totaled 517 points over 11 seasons. Of all players in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft class, Semin ranks third in goals (239), fourth in points (517) and eighth in assists (278). Semin recorded 105 points (41g, 64a) in 166 games with the Canes from 2012-2015 and was a point-per-game player in the shortened 2012-13 campaign with 44 points (13g, 31a) in as many games. In July 2015, the Canes bought out the last three years on Semin's five-year contract, which finally falls off the books after the 2020-21 season.
Jiri Tlusty (TOR, 2006)
The Canes acquired Tlusty from the Toronto Maple Leafs, who drafted the Czech forward in 2006, in exchange for the rights to Philippe Paradis, and one-for-one swap of previous first-round picks. Tlusty found his NHL footing with the Canes and put up career numbers in the shortened 2012-13 season when he was featured on the first line alongside Eric Staal and Semin. In 48 games that season, Tlusty set career highs in goals (23) and points (38). In the summer of 2018, Tlusty retired from professional hockey at age 30 after totaling 177 points (89g, 88a) in 446 NHL games.
Who else has been selected 13th overall? Here are a couple of names you'll probably recognize.
Ales Hemsky (EDM, 2001)
Hemsky assembled an NHL career that spanned 845 games over 15 seasons. The Czech forward spent the majority of his career - 11 seasons and 652 games - with the team that drafted him, the Edmonton Oilers. There, he recorded 477 points (142g, 335a), putting up career numbers in 2005-06 with personal bests in assists (58) and points (77). Hemsky then posted 17 points (6g, 11a) in 24 games in the Oilers' run to the Stanley Cup Final that season. Hemsky finished his NHL career with 174 goals and 398 assists, totaling 572 points.
Dustin Brown (LAK, 2003)
Brown completed his 16th career NHL season in 2019-20. Among active players, he ranks eighth in games played with 1,183 regular-season games, all with the Los Angeles Kings, who selected him 13th overall in the stacked Entry Draft of 2003. Among that class, Brown ranks eighth in goals (354), 10th in points (653) and 12th in assists (354). He was an All Star in 2009 and has helped the Kings capture two Stanley Cup championships (2012 and 2014).
… And more: Daniel Cleary (CHI, 1997), Drew Stafford (BUF, 2004), Lars Eller (WHS, 2007), Radek Faksa (DAL, 2012), Josh Morrissey (WPG, 2013), Jakub Vrana (WSH, 2014), Nick Suzuki (VGK, 2017)