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Inside the Canes Draft Room

A glimpse at how the Canes adapted, prepared and executed their plan for the virtual 2020 NHL Draft

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2020 NHL Draft.


Shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, inside the NHL Network studios in Secaucus, N.J., Commissioner Gary Bettman delivered opening remarks for the 2020 NHL Draft.

Some 400 miles southeast, the Carolina Hurricanes front office gathered at PNC Arena, where the team's locker room was converted into draft headquarters. Physically distanced and clad in Canes-branded masks around a U-shape of tables included President and General Manager Don Waddell, Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke, Owner Tom Dundon, Vice President of Hockey Operations Paul Krepelka, Vice President of Hockey Management and Strategy Eric Tulsky and Head Coach Rod Brind'Amour.

The scene was more or less similar for 30 other markets around the league, all connected as one virtual draft floor for an event like no other.

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by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell was in between phone calls about 90 minutes into the opening of free agency on Friday.

"We're staying in touch with a lot of guys. We don't have a lot of cap space, that's number one. I've said all along, if we can find a way to upgrade our team by not using all of our cap space, we've got to look at that," he said. "We're talking with some teams about different needs. Whether anything gets done or not today, I don't look at it like this is the only day you're going to do deals. There are going to be lots of players that don't get signed today, and that's going to continue into the weekend."

Sure enough, once the dust settled, the Canes made their first signing of the offseason on Saturday, inking forward Jesper Fast to a three-year, $6 million contract.

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Experts Laud Canes' Draft Picks

Canes earn high marks in post-draft grades

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2020 NHL Draft.


Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke spoke glowingly about the eight players that comprised the Carolina Hurricanes' 2020 NHL Draft class, noting the common thread of a high-level of hockey sense.

"They earned the selection. They were able to show their talents to us and basically force us to select them," Yorke said. "We're thrilled with this class."

And, by all accounts, they should be thrilled with their haul, again considered to be among the most highly regarded draft classes from 2020.

When you're analyzing an NHL Draft just days after completion, though, it's important to consider that the true return on a class won't be evident for another three to five years, as these players progress through their development cycles in hopes of becoming NHLers. However, early returns are very promising on the eight players the Canes added to their prospect pipeline this week.

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2020 NHL Draft: Pick-by-Pick

Profiling each of the Canes' eight draft picks

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2020 NHL Draft.


The Carolina Hurricanes made eight picks over seven rounds during the 2020 NHL Draft, which was staged virtually.

Here's a quick snapshot of each pick with quotes from Hurricanes Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke, President and General Manager Don Waddell and the prospects themselves.

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Canes Eye Hockey Sense With Seven Picks on Day Two of 2020 NHL Draft

Yorke: 'We're thrilled with this class'

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2020 NHL Draft.


It was around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday when the Carolina Hurricanes front office, connected with their scouting staff via a virtual conference call, reconvened in the team's locker room at PNC Arena for the second day of the 2020 NHL Draft.

Around 50 minutes later, the Canes made their first selection of the day, the 41st overall pick. The team didn't make its final selection of the day, the 208th overall pick, for another six-and-a-half hours.

It was a long day, so long that a counterpart joked with Canes President and General Manager Don Waddell that "some of these players are going to be retired by the time the draft is over."

It was a long day, indeed, and an even longer wait to get to the long day.

But for the Canes - from the front office to the scouts to the prospects themselves - the wait was well worth it.

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Canes Extend Qualifying Offers to Eight Players

Fleury, Foegele among RFAs tendered qualifying offers

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes extended qualifying offers to forwards Clark Bishop, Warren Foegele, Steven Lorentz and Spencer Smallman and defensemen Haydn Fleury, Gustav Forsling, Oliwer Kaski and Roland McKeown.

In doing so, the Hurricanes retain negotiating rights with these restricted free agents, a group headlined by Fleury and Foegele.

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Get to Know Seth Jarvis

Quick facts about the newest member of the Hurricanes organization, selected 13th overall

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2020 NHL Draft.


The Carolina Hurricanes selected Seth Jarvis 13th overall in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Here are some quick facts about the 18-year-old centerman to help you get acquainted with the newest member of the Hurricanes organization.

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Canes Select Dynamic, Skilled Seth Jarvis in First Round

Darren Yorke: 'Seth's hockey sense is elite'

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2020 NHL Draft.


Moments after being selected 13th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2020 NHL Draft, Seth Jarvis' phone rang.

President and General Manager Don Waddell and head coach Rod Brind'Amour were waiting on the other side of the FaceTime chat to welcome Jarvis to the organization.

"I'm super excited," a smiling Jarvis said. "Thank you guys so much."

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Mock Drafts Project Canes' First-Round Pick

Who will the Hurricanes select with the 13th overall pick?

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2020 NHL Draft.


Early October is typically when the puck drops to begin a new regular season, but in 2020, it's when the NHL Draft will be held virtually for the first time in its 58th year.

The Carolina Hurricanes are set to pick 13th overall in the first round, which will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. (NBCSN). The remaining six rounds of the 2020 NHL Draft will then resume on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. (NHL Network).

Having the 13th overall selection gives the Canes, a playoff team in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2001 and 2002, access to a handful of prospects they otherwise didn't figure to be in the mix to draft.

So, who will it be? We'll find out soon, but until then, we've compiled a collection of mock drafts below.

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Who Could the Canes Draft With the 13th Pick?

10 names to watch heading into the 2020 NHL Draft

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2020 NHL Draft.


"With the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes select …"

Who might it be?

In alphabetical order, here are 10 names to watch, with expert input and analysis on each prospect.

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