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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.