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Press Release: HURRICANES SELECT MANZATO AND TAYLOR TO COMPLETE 2002 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA COMPLETES DEAL WITH TAMPA FOR FOURTH-ROUND PICK IN 2003

TORONTO (June 23, 2002) – The Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes completed the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by selecting goaltender Daniel Manzato and center Adam Taylor on Sunday in Toronto. The Hurricanes also acquired a fourth-round pick in the 2003 Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for their sixth-round pick (174th overall), two eighth-round picks (255th and 256th overall) and ninth-round pick (286th overall) in this year’s draft.

Carolina selected Manzato with the 160th overall pick in the fifth round Sunday. Manzato (5’11’’, 178 lbs.) was 20-8-2 with a 3.23 goals against average and a save percentage of .901 for Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2001-02. Manzato, along with fellow Hurricanes goaltending prospect Daniel Boisclair, helped Victoriaville capture the 2002 QMJHL championship and advance to the Memorial Cup. A native of Sandeyeus, Switzerland, Manzato earned a silver medal playing for Switzerland at the 2001 World Under-18 Championship in Finland. He was the second goaltender chosen by the Hurricanes in this year’s draft. Carolina selected netminder Cam Ward with their first-round pick (25th overall).

“When (goaltending consultant) Don Edwards was scouting Boisclair in Victoriaville, he saw Manzato play and liked him a lot,” said Hurricanes CEO/General Manager Jim Rutherford. “Before the draft, we had set out to add more depth at the goaltending position.”

The Hurricanes chose Taylor in the seventh round with the 224th overall pick. Taylor (6’0’’, 190 lbs.) tallied 34 points (11g, 23a) and 119 penalty minutes in 72 games for Kootenay of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2001-02. In two years with Kootenay, Taylor has totaled 37 points (12g, 25a) and 136 penalty minutes in 108 games.

By acquiring the fourth round pick in 2003 from Tampa Bay, the Hurricanes now have five picks in the first four rounds of the 2003 Entry Draft.

“We started to run out of names that our scouts liked in this year’s draft,” said Rutherford. “We felt quality over quantity made more sense and decided to get a pick for next year, which is projected to be a much stronger draft.”

The complete list of draft picks selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft:

RD
OA
NAME
HT.
WT.
POS
TEAM (LEAGUE)
1
25
6-0
176
G
Red Deer (WHL)
3
91
Jesse Lane
6-1
210
D
Hull (QMJHL)
5
160
Daniel Manzato
5-11 1/2
178
G
Victoriaville (QMJHL)
7
224
Adam Taylor
6-0
190
C
Kootenay (WHL)
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