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Photos: 2019 NHL Draft

Draft day snapshots from Vancouver

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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The newest members of the Carolina Hurricanes organization get on the ice at Development Camp this week on the heels of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

The Hurricanes had an active draft weekend, making 12 selections over seven rounds, tied the for the second-most picks in a single draft in franchise history.

Here is a collection of photos from the weekend in Vancouver.

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Experts Praise Canes' Draft Picks

Canes grade highly in post-draft analyses

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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Final grades are in, and by all accounts, the Carolina Hurricanes assembled one of the league's most impressive collection of picks at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

The obvious caveat is that the Hurricanes won't truly know how this draft class measures up for around three to five years, as these players progress through the development cycle in hopes of becoming NHL players. However, early results are very promising and optimistic on the 12 players the Canes added to their prospect pipeline over the weekend.

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2019 NHL Draft: Pick-by-Pick

Profiling each of the Canes' 12 draft picks

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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VANCOUVER - It was a busy 24 hours in Vancouver for the Carolina Hurricanes, who made 12 selections over seven rounds at the 2019 NHL Draft.

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 Collect 11 Players on Day 2 of 2019 NHL Draft

Canes make three trades, add picks on a busy second day

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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VANCOUVER - The Carolina Hurricanes came into the second day of the 2019 NHL Draft with nine picks.

Three trades and a handful of hours later, the Hurricanes left having acquired assets for the future and having made 11 picks on day two and a total of 12 for the weekend, tied for the second-most picks in a single draft in franchise history.

"It's been an interesting day," Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell said. "We felt like we had a lot of guys on our list that we liked, so we wanted to add a few picks as we went along."

"You look at where we had our draft list and the names we came out with, it was some names we might not have expected to get there. They sort of fell to us," Hurricanes Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke said. "We looked at getting better in terms of our speed and skill. It was a really exciting day."

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Get to Know Ryan Suzuki

Quick facts about the newest member of the Hurricanes organization

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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VANCOUVER - The Carolina Hurricanes selected Ryan Suzuki with the 28th overall pick in the 2019 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 Land Playmaking Center Ryan Suzuki in First Round

Suzuki was teammates with Svechnikov in Barrie

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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VANCOUVER - As the Carolina Hurricanes waited and waited to make the 28th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Ryan Suziki and his family waited and waited for his name to be called.

The Hurricanes approached the stage and Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald, who is retiring this year, announced the team's pick: Suzuki, a center from the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

"I think my mom was pretty nervous. It was pretty tense up in our seats, but I'm super relieved and excited," Suzuki smiled afterward. "Right now, I can't really to put into words. I think when I reflect on it maybe tomorrow or the next day I'll be able to look back and really enjoy the moment."

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Mock Drafts Project Canes' Pick

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

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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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.

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History of the 28th Overall Pick

Justin Williams headlines notable players picked at 28

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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A year ago, the Carolina Hurricanes knew they were drafting an NHL-ready player with the second overall pick.

The 28th overall pick, which the Hurricanes own in the 2019 NHL Draft, isn't likely to make as quick of an impact - in fact, the 28th overall selections from the last three years have yet to make their NHL debuts - but that's not to say the player won't develop into a future star.

"At the top end of the draft, you're looking for NHL assets. You're looking for skillsets that lead to development," Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke said. "The player at 28 is going to have x, y and z in terms of NHL dimensions, but maybe one of them just needs a little bit more time to improve upon. From there, the development staff can work with them and get them to become an NHL player."

Looking at the list of historical 28th overall picks, one name stands out from the rest.

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Draft Preview: Canes Bring League-High 10 Picks to Vancouver

Canes hold four draft picks in the top 59

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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The Carolina Hurricanes are in a rather unique position heading into the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Hurricanes were one of the final four teams left standing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and because of that, they're slated to pick 28th overall in the first round.

That's not the unique aspect, though it is the deepest first-round selection the Hurricanes have owned in 10 years.

What is unique is that the pick is the first of a league-high 10 selections the Hurricanes currently own. Four other teams - the Devils, Kings, Red Wings and Canadiens - also bring 10 picks into this weekend, but none qualified for the playoffs.

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Hurricanes to Pick 28th in 2019 NHL Draft

League-high 10 picks currently belong to the Canes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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The order of the 2019 NHL Draft is officially set, and the Carolina Hurricanes own the 28th overall selection in the first round.

After qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 10 years, the Hurricanes were not a part of the draft lottery process, which landed them the second overall pick just a year ago. One of four teams left standing in a magical run to the Conference Final, the Canes will be the first of the final four teams to select in the first round this year.

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