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Hurricanes Wrap Up First Day of 2016 NHL Draft

by Ken Preston / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes on Friday used their two first-round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft to select defenseman Jake Bean (13th overall, Calgary – WHL) and forward Julien Gauthier (21st overall, Val d’Or – QMJHL) at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.

Bean, 18, scored 24 goals and earned 40 assists (64 points) in 68 regular-season games in 2015-16 for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Calgary native ranked first among WHL blueliners with 24 goals, tied for first among league defensemen with 12 power-play goals and sixth in defensemen points (64). In 2014-15, Bean (6’1”, 173 lbs.) set a Hitmen franchise record for a rookie defenseman as he recorded 39 points (5g, 34a) in 51 games, and has totaled 103 points (29g, 74a) in 119 career WHL games with Calgary. Internationally, he represented Canada in August 2015 as his home country captured its eighth-straight win at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament.

Gauthier, 18, led the Val d’Or Foreurs, and ranked tied for sixth among all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) skaters, with 41 goals in 54 regular-season games played in 2015-16. The Point-aux-Trembles, Que., native completed his third full season of major-junior hockey last season, helping the Foreurs to 49 wins and the No. 4 seed in the QMJHL playoffs. Since joining Val d’Or in 2014-15, Gauthier (6’4”, 224 lbs.) has scored 88 goals and earned 72 assists (160 points) in 184 career regular-season QMJHL games, and has added 22 points (7g, 15a) in 47 career playoff games. He represented Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, earning two assists in five games played.

The Hurricanes will wrap up the 2016 NHL Draft on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Carolina holds seven picks in Rounds 2-7, including one second-round pick (43rd overall) and three third-round picks (43rd, 67th and 74th). Day Two of the NHL Draft will be broadcast in the United States on NHL Network and will stream live on NHL.com.

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