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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.