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Hurricanes to Pick 12th in 2017 NHL Draft

Carolina falls back a spot after lottery draws

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The Carolina Hurricanes did not have luck on their side in the NHL Draft Lottery, which took place on Saturday night.

Entering the lottery with a 3.2 percent chance of winning the first overall pick - the more likely scenario being retaining the 11th overall pick - the Hurricanes fell back a spot to the 12th overall pick after the Philadelphia Flyers won the second lottery drawing to jump up from 13 to two in the first round draft order.

The 12th overall pick is a selection higher than the Canes held last year, when they drafted defenseman Jake Bean with the 13th overall pick. Carolina then added forward Julien Gauthier at 21.

After flipping a third-round pick for goaltender Scott Darling on Friday, the Hurricanes now hold 10 picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, including six picks in the first three rounds.

The 2017 NHL Draft will take place on June 23-24 at United Center in Chicago. The Hurricanes will host a draft party at PNC Arena on June 23. More details on that free event can be found here.

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