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Hurricanes to Pick 12th in 2017 NHL Draft

Carolina falls back a spot after lottery draws

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes did not have luck on their side in the NHL Draft Lottery, which took place on Saturday night.

Entering the lottery with a 3.2 percent chance of winning the first overall pick - the more likely scenario being retaining the 11th overall pick - the Hurricanes fell back a spot to the 12th overall pick after the Philadelphia Flyers won the second lottery drawing to jump up from 13 to two in the first round draft order.

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Lottery Draws to Determine Hurricanes' Draft Position

Hurricanes have 3.2 percent chance of winning first pick

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

I'm feeling lucky.

The NHL's annual draft lottery will take place on Saturday and features all 14 non-playoff teams plus the newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. Three separate lottery drawings will determine the first, second and third overall picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, which will be held on June 23-24 at United Center in Chicago.

The Carolina Hurricanes have a 3.2 percent chance (11th best) of landing the first overall pick in this summer's draft. Odds for the remaining scenarios, of which there are a handful, are dependent on the results of each lottery.

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Checkers' Season Ends in Final Game of First Round

Tough loss ends spirited run down stretch of season

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Charlotte Checkers were one of the hottest teams in the American Hockey League heading into their first round Calder Cup Playoff series against the Chicago Wolves.

They then took the top team in the Western Conference to a fifth and final game and fell just short from advancing to the second round in a hard-fought 3-2 loss.

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Tweetmail No. 141: Impactful Checkers, Roster & Expansion

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let's get to it.

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Samuelsson Excelling Behind Checkers' Bench

First-year AHL head coach Ulf Samuelsson seeing success in Charlotte

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

In late May of 2016, the Carolina Hurricanes tabbed Ulf Samuelsson as the new head coach of the Charlotte Checkers.

"We think we got ourselves a heck of a head coach there," Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis said soon after. "He's very detailed, very determined, very driven. I know that he'll work extremely hard to make our prospects and that organization very successful."

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Checkers Edged by Wolves in Game 2

Miller, Robertson score, but Chicago nets game-winner late in regulation

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Chicago Wolves edged the Charlotte Checkers, 3-2, to even up the best-of-five first round Calder Cup playoff series, as it now shifts to Chicago. Here are three things to note from Game 2.

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In the System: Canes Prospects Shine in CHL Playoffs

by Nikki Stoudt @NikkiStoudt / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes' season may be over, but a number of Canes' prospects are making noise in their respective junior teams' playoff runs.

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Checkers Blaze Past Wolves in Game 1

Wallmark nets two goals, McCollum posts 20-save shutout

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

CHARLOTTE - The Charlotte Checkers took Game 1 of their best-of-five first round Calder Cup playoff series against the Chicago Wolves with a commanding 4-0 victory. Here are four things to note from the Checkers' first playoff action in four years.

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Checkers Set to Open Playoffs at Home

Charlotte hosts Chicago Wolves in first two games of first-round playoff series

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

CHARLOTTE - It was just after 9 a.m. on Thursday, and Bojangles' Coliseum was quiet.

Then, signs of life awoke the historical building. Zambonis scraped the ice sheet clean. Players gathered in the hallway for their ritualistic soccer games. Then, skate blades carved into the pristine ice, shots tickled the twine and rang off the post, bodies banged against the glass and whistles blew to signify the beginning of the morning skate.

It was a gameday for the Charlotte Checkers - a playoff gameday, their first since 2013.

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Tweetmail No. 140: In the System, Teases & Binging

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let's get to it.

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