Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully, the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.
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Yes, indeed. What’s encouraging about the Hurricanes’ recent draft history is their success in later rounds. You’ve pointed out a number of players – All-Star and Olympic defenseman Justin Faulk in the second round (2011), blossoming center Victor Rask in the second round (2011), rookie winger Phil Di Giuseppe in the second round and breakout defenseman Jaccob Slavin in the fourth round (2012) of a draft in which the Hurricanes packaged their eighth overall pick for Jordan Staal (thus making those picks that much more important) and another breakout defenseman in Brett Pesce in the third round (2013).
Don’t overlook Brock McGinn in the second round (2012) and goaltender Frederik Andersen in the seventh round(!) (2010), even though he did not sign with the Hurricanes and re-entered the draft in 2012.
How about more recently? It’s a little early to gauge returns, especially from the 2015 class, but names like Sebastian Aho (second, 2015), Nicolas Roy (fourth, 2015), Alex Nedeljkovic (second, 2014), Josh Wesley (fourth, 2014), Lucas Wallmark (fourth, 2014) and others seem promising.
Drafting in later rounds will again be highlighted this year, as the Hurricanes currently hold two picks in the second round and three picks in the third round (plus their picks in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds). As seen by the examples above, those draft picks can become impact players within a few years. Who will become the next gem the Canes unearth?
The transfer agreement between the National Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League – the merits of which deserve a completely separate discussion – state that a CHL player drafted by an NHL team cannot compete in the American Hockey League until he is 20 years of age (by Dec. 31 of that season).
Nicolas Roy will turn 20 years old on Feb. 5, 2017, missing the cutoff by just over a month, so he will not be eligible for AHL play next season; Roy will either have to crack the Hurricanes’ roster or head back to the QMJHL for what would be his final season of junior hockey.
Roy recently wrapped a banner third season with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, tallying 48 goals (ranking first in the league) and 90 points (ranking seventh in the league). He was also dominant in the dot, winning 60.5 percent (913) of faceoffs. You can read more about Roy and some of the Hurricanes’ other top prospects here and here.
I would think all 30 teams would love to have the opportunity to pick this kid first overall. But in this scenario, it’s more about what the Toronto Maple Leafs would take to give up the pick rather than what the Hurricanes or any other team would give up to get the pick.
And there’s no way the Leafs are giving up the pick. Their demands would far outweigh the Hurricanes’ or any other team’s reasonable offer, I would imagine – and as it should, because they will be drafting a player who is going to make an immediate impact with their franchise.
10. I mean, just look at this and this. Right?!
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