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Experts Praise Canes' 2021 Draft Class

Carolina earns high marks in post-draft analysis

by Canes @Canes / Hurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes tied an NHL record by selecting 13 players in the NHL Entry Draft. Two days after the completion of the event, the Canes are once again held in high regard by hockey experts.

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Canes Select 13 Players on Second Day of Draft

Carolina picks five forwards, five defensemen and three goaltenders

by Canes PR @Canes / News Release

RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes completed their activity at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday, selecting 13 players in rounds 2-7. Carolina's 13 selections tied the NHL record for the most selections during a seven-round draft.

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Canes Enter Day 2 with 11 Draft Picks

Carolina holds four Second Round selections

by Carolina Hurricanes @Canes / Hurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes enter Day 2 of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft with 11 picks on the docket. After making two trades on Day 1, the team holds four Second-Round picks, two Third-Round picks, one pick in the Fourth and Sixth Rounds, and three picks in the final round.

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Canes Acquire Second-Round Pick from Columbus

Bean traded to Blue Jackets

by Canes PR @Canes / News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired Chicago's second-round pick (44th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft in exchange for defenseman Jake Bean.

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History of the 27th Overall Pick

A number of players picked at 27 have each logged over 1,000 career NHL games

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2021 NHL Draft.


For the second time in three years, the Carolina Hurricanes' first selection in the NHL Draft will be made late in the first round.

The Canes own the 27th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, though it will be the 26th name off the board due to Arizona having to forfeit the 11th overall selection. With the 28th overall pick in 2019, the Canes called Ryan Suzuki's name.

This year, the Canes be digging for the next impact player in a draft that, due to pandemic-affected seasons, might have a higher degree of variability to it.

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Hurricanes to Pick 27th Overall in 2021 NHL Draft

Canes currently hold nine picks over seven rounds

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2021 NHL Draft.


The order of selection in the 2021 NHL Draft is set, and the Carolina Hurricanes own the 27th overall selection.

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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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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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