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The order of the 2019 NHL Draft is officially set, and the Carolina Hurricanes own the 28th overall selection in the first round.
After qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 10 years, the Hurricanes were not a part of the draft lottery process, which landed them the second overall pick just a year ago. One of four teams left standing in a magical run to the Conference Final, the Canes will be the first of the final four teams to select in the first round this year.
"The process doesn't change much from selecting at the top end of the draft versus towards the end of the first round," Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke said. "When we're selecting 28th overall, there's more variance in the names. From the process standpoint and decision-making standpoint, you have to make sure all your bases are covered, especially when you have as many picks as we do and the option of trading up or down is even more apparent."
The Hurricanes have never picked 28th in the first round, though they did own the 28th overall pick in 1997, which was then the second pick in the second round. The Canes selected forward Brad DeFauw, who scored two goals in his NHL debut in March 2003. The Canes' most notable late first round selection is goaltender Cam Ward, who the team drafted 25th overall in 2002.
The Hurricanes currently hold a league-high 10 picks, including three in the second round, in the 2019 NHL Draft, which will take place on June 21 and 22 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.