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Mock Drafts Project Canes' Pick

Who will the Hurricanes select with the 28th overall pick?

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

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VANCOUVER - It's a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest, and we're just about 24 hours out from the beginning of the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Carolina Hurricanes hold the 28th overall pick in Friday night's first round, the fifth-latest first pick in franchise history.

As players begin to come off the board, variance grows in whose name will be selected next grows, so it's no surprise to see mock draft projections pinpointing a handful of different prospects that could be available for the Canes at 28. Below, we've compiled a collection of mock drafts and prospect rankings., Mike Morreale

Nils Hoglander, LW, Rogle (Sweden)

"Hoglander is all about speed, skating and puck possession.", Adam Kimmelman

Jakob Pelletier, LW, Moncton (QMJHL)

"Fearless and skilled are two of the best adjectives to describe Pelletier's game. What he lacks in size he more than makes up for in determination and drive.", Guillaume Lepage

Brett Leason, RW, Prince Albert (WHL)

"There still are a lot of question marks around Leason, but the Hurricanes may take the risk."

Sportsnet, Sam Cosentino

Simon Holmstrom, RW, HV71 (Sweden)

"The promise not to take a defenceman ends up well. Plagued by injuries, it was tough to get consistent viewings until the U18 worlds. His play there reminded scouts why he was so highly thought of at the start of the scouting season. If there's no carryover from the injuries, this pick has home-run potential."

North State Journal, Cory Lavalette (prospect rankings)

Spencer Knight, G, USA U-18 (USHL)

"Spencer Knight is the clear-cut top goalie in this year's draft. The Connecticut native and Boston College-bound netminder (NSJ's No. 28 draft prospect) starred for the U.S. National Team Development Program this past season, and he owns everything talent evaluators look for in a young goalie. Size? Check. Athleticism? Got it. Technique? Wise beyond his years."

USA Today, Kevin Allen

Connor McMichael, C, London (OHL)

"McMichael totaled 36 goals and 72 points for the London Knights in the OHL. Has an instinctive scoring touch."

The Athletic, Corey Pronman ($)

Nils Hoglander, LW, Rogle (Sweden)

"Tom Dundon has made it clear he wants to draft a forward in the first round, and he wants that player to deliver some fun. Hoglander is very fun, and a forward, so he checks off those boxes."

SB Nation, Canes Country

Samuel Poulin, RW, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

"Poulin checks many boxes both stylistically and culturally for Carolina. He is an offensively-minded forward with possession ability in the attacking zone. He's shown leadership and work ethic qualities as he was named an alternate captain for his QMHJL team at age 17."

The Hockey News, Ryan Kennedy and Ken Campbell

Nils Hoglander, LW, Rogle (Sweden)

"He can add to a pretty nice group they have there with guys like Necas and Morgan Geekie. Hoglander had a great season last year as an under-ager and has already played against men. He's a little bit undersized, but nothing too concerning in that regard. What you're getting is a pretty nice offensive player."

Sporting News, Steve Kournianos

Brett Leason, RW, Prince Albert (WHL)

"This might be his third draft rodeo, but you'd be hard pressed to find a draft-eligible player outside of the elite group who had a better all-around season than this smart and skilled 200-foot winger."

TSN, Craig Button

Brayden Tracey, LW, Moose Jaw (WHL)

"WHL Rookie of the Year led all CHL first year players with points (81)."

TSN, Bob McKenzie (prospect rankings)

Connor McMichael, C, London (OHL)

"Longest pointless streak of season with London was just two games."

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