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Photos: 2017 NHL Draft

Canes snapshots from Chicago

by Nikki Stoudt @NikkiStoudt / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Visit www.Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2017 NHL Draft.


The newest Hurricanes are kicking off Prospect Development Camp today, following a busy (to say the least) weekend at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago. Carolina made eight picks in seven rounds and, as Michael Smith said in his Draft roundup, "Among the picks are three Finns, two guys named Eetu, three Western Hockey League products, a Geekie and a Greek."

Here's a look back (in pictures!) at their first moments in Canes gear.

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2017 NHL Draft: Pick-by-Pick

Profiling each of the Canes' eight draft picks

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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CHICAGO - The Carolina Hurricanes made eight selections over seven rounds at the 2017 NHL Draft. Here's a quick snapshot of each pick with quotes from the Hurricanes Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald, Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis and the prospects themselves.

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Hurricanes Make Seven Picks on Day Two

Canes add varied collection of size and skill

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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CHICAGO - One way or another, it was going to be a busy weekend for the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago.

Even though Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis was hammering the phones, no trades were made, but plenty of picks rolled in, especially on a fast-paced day two. After selecting center Martin Necas 12th overall on Friday, the Hurricanes made seven addition picks in rounds two through seven.

Among the picks are three Finns, two guys named Eetu, three Western Hockey League products, a Geekie and a Greek.

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Get to Know Martin Necas

Quick facts about the newest member of the Hurricanes organization

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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CHICAGO - With the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Czech center Martin Necas.

Who is this 18-year-old, the newest member of the Hurricanes organization, you ask? Get to know Martin Necas with these quick facts.

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Francis: 'We're Still Having a Lot of Talks'

Canes GM looking to add a piece up front

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Visit www.Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2017 NHL Draft.


CHICAGO - At the outset of the offseason, Carolina Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis identified aspects of the team needing improvement.

One was goaltending, and the team checked that off the list not even a month into the offseason with the trade and subsequent signing of Scott Darling. Another aspect was stabilizing the third defensive pair, and the Canes acquisition of Trevor van Riemsdyk this week helps in that regard.

The final aspect: bolstering the forward corps with top-six talent. After the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, Francis said talks are ongoing.

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Hurricanes Draft Necas 12th Overall

Francis calls Necas a "big, skilled centerman"

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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CHICAGO - Much was speculated about what the Carolina Hurricanes would do with their 12th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, and ultimately, they retained the selection to draft center Martin Necas from the Czech Republic.

As it turns out, it's a selection that, hockey aside, made perfect sense. Not only is "Necas" an anagram for Canes, but his last name means "bad weather" in Czech.

"Yeah, bad weather," he confirmed with a laugh. "Almost like a hurricane."

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Francis Remains Active Ahead of 2017 NHL Draft

Canes hold 12th overall pick in first round

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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CHICAGO - The draft floor at United Center is buzzing with energy ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Carolina Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis has been busy, too, but nothing has materialized today. Yet.

"I'm definitely getting my money's worth on my phone plan this month. There's been a lot of chatter," he said. "You never know what's going to happen. There are a lot of variables that go into things. It's not for a lack of talking to people."

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Mock Drafts Project Canes' Pick

Who will the Hurricanes select with the 12th overall pick?

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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With the introduction of its 31st franchise, the National Hockey League is staging two drafts in one week. The first is the Expansion Draft, in which the picks of the Vegas Golden Knights will be revealed during the league's annual Awards ceremony. The second is the more customary NHL Draft, which will take place in Chicago on June 23-24.

The pool of draft eligible prospects, especially those likely to be first-round selections, has been analyzed and dissected for months, and across the media landscape are numerous mock drafts conducted in an attempt to project how things might shake out.

The year's draft class might lack the elite, top-end talent seen in the last two years, but it still figures to be a relatively deep crop. The Carolina Hurricanes hold the 12th overall pick in the first round, and mock draft projections vary wildly, even at the top of the round. We've compiled a collection of mock drafts and prospect rankings below.

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Best Canes Draft Picks of Last 20 Years

by Mike Sundheim & Michael Smith @NHLCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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The Carolina Hurricanes will celebrate their 20th anniversary season in 2017-18. Throughout the season, we'll look back at some of the greatest moments and players from the last 20 years.

With the 2017 NHL Draft around the corner, we got to thinking: what are the best draft picks the Hurricanes have made in the last 20 years?

What follows is a list of 14 players, ordered by their draft year, that we feel constitute the best Hurricanes draft picks.

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Scouting Sebastian Aho

How the Hurricanes tracked, analyzed and drafted Aho

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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First impressions aren't always what they seem.

Take Sebastian Aho, who was a small, lanky teenager when the Carolina Hurricanes first scouted him. Those size concerns could have and likely did make certain prospective National Hockey League suitors a bit trepidatious.

But the Hurricanes were diligent in their scouting process, tracking and analyzing Aho from when he was a 16-year-old underage player through his draft-eligible season. What they found was a player who was skilled beyond his years, a player who didn't see his figure as a hindrance.

This is that story, the story of how the Hurricanes came to covet this slight, soft-spoken kid from Finland who has since developed into one of the NHL's premier young stars.

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