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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina obtains Stars’ fourth-round pick in 2005

Jaroslav Svoboda
Jaroslav Svoboda was drafted by Carolina in the eighth round, 208th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 29, 2004) – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired Dallas’ fourth-round pick in 2005 in exchange for restricted free agent left wing Jaroslav Svoboda.

Svoboda, 24, was drafted by Carolina in the eighth round, 208th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Since making his National Hockey League debut in 2001-02, the Cervenka, Czech Republic native has played in 91 regular-season games with the Hurricanes, notching eight goals and 14 assists (22 points) while accumulating 40 penalty minutes. Svoboda (6’ 2”, 190 lbs.) played in all 23 of Carolina’s playoff games in 2002 en route to the Stanley Cup finals.

After two years with Kootenay of the Western Hockey League, Svoboda turned professional prior to the 2000-01 season and joined Carolina’s top minor-league affiliate, Cincinnati of the International Hockey League. In each of his four professional seasons, Svoboda has spent time with the Hurricanes’ top minor-league affiliates, Cincinnati (IHL) and Lowell of the American Hockey League, and registered 19 goals, 29 assists (48 points) and 97 penalty minutes in 136 games at the IHL and AHL level.

By acquiring Dallas’ fourth-round selection in 2005, Carolina now owns eight picks in the first four rounds of next year’s draft in Ottawa. Along with their own picks in Rounds 1-4, the Hurricanes have Phoenix’s and Atlanta’s third-round picks in 2005 from draft-day trades in 2003 and 2004. Carolina also owns Toronto’s and Dallas’ fourth-round selections, both acquired from player trades made this year.

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