FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 24, 2006
RALEIGH, NC – The Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up the 2006 NHL Entry draft on Saturday after selecting six players in the seven-round event at Vancouver’s General Motors Place. Having traded their first-round pick to St. Louis in exchange for Doug Weight during the regular season, the Hurricanes waited until pick No. 63 to select defenseman Jamie McBain with the final pick of the second round.
McBain, 18, spent the 2005-06 season with the United States Development Program Under-18 Team and posted 16 points (6g, 10a) in 43 games. The Edina, Minn., native was the 84th rated North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final rankings and is committed to the University of Wisconsin for 2006-07. McBain (6’ 1”, 190 lbs.) played alongside 2006 first overall pick Erik Johnson during the 2005-06 season.
With its second selection, 93rd overall in the third round, Carolina selected Newmarket, Ont., native Harrison Reed from Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League. Despite Sarnia’s OHL-worst 17-46-2 record, Reed (6’ 0”, 178 lbs.) collected 26 goals, 24 assists (50 points) and 50 penalty minutes while playing in all 68 of the Sting’s games in his first full season of major junior hockey.
In the fourth round, the Hurricanes selected center Bobby Hughes (5’ 10”, 170 lbs.) from Kingston of the OHL. Hughes was ranked 25th among North American skaters in the Central Scouting Bureau’s final rankings after scoring 35 goals and earning 40 assists (75 points) despite suffering two shoulder injuries and a knee injury, and playing in just 56 of 68 games in his second season with the Frontenacs. The Richmond Hill, Ont., native scored 17 goals and earned 38 assists (55 points) in 2004-05 while playing in 66 of Kingston’s 68 games.
The Hurricanes used their fifth-round pick, 153rd overall, to select Montreal native Stefan Chaput from Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Chaput (6’ 2”, 190 lbs.), a center, scored 19 goals and had 29 assists in his inaugural season in the QMJHL in 2005-06.
With the final pick of the sixth round (183rd overall), Carolina selected Clarkson University right wing and 2005-06 leading scorer Nick Dodge. In his sophomore season, the Oakville, Ont., native lead the Golden Knights in goals (16), assists (25) and points (41) in 38 games as Clarkson posted an 18-17-3 overall record.
With the draft’s final selection, 213th overall, the Hurricanes chose defenseman Justin Krueger from the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League. In 2005-06, Krueger (6’ 2”, 205 lbs.) posted 7 goals and 15 assists (22 points) in 55 games with Penticton. Krueger is the son of Hurricanes part-time European scout and Swiss National Team coach Ralph Krueger, and has committed to Cornell University for the 2006-07 season.
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