If there was any season for the Carolina Hurricanes to have a bad year, it may have been this season because the 2013 draft will give every team that missed the playoffs a chance at the first overall pick and the draft crop is one of the deepest in recent seasons.
The Draft Lottery will be televised on NBC Sports Network in the U.S. and on TSN in Canada starting at 8 p.m. ET. The 14 teams that missed the playoffs will find out where they draft in the first round tonight.
The Hurricanes finished 26th in the league, which gives them an 8.1% chance at getting the first pick in the draft. The Florida Panthers have the highest chance with 25%.
The first overall pick will either be Nathan MacKinnon or Seth Jones, depending on the team’s need. If the Hurricanes receive the first pick, it will be a tough decision for them to make. MacKinnon is a center, which is not an area of concern for Carolina with the Staal brothers occupying the top two lines. Jones is a two-way defenseman with number one d-man potential, but the Hurricanes already have that with Justin Faulk. MacKinnon would fit a greater need for the Canes, while Jones may have the better potential.
If the Hurricanes miss out on the first pick, they will either draft fifth or sixth. The team has a 68.7% chance of drafting fifth. If another team is awarded the fifth pick, Carolina cannot fall lower than the sixth pick.
Players that could be available at this pick include Jonathan Drouin, Valeri Nichushkin, Darnell Nurse and Sean Monahan. Drouin and Nichushkin are both wingers that could make an impact on the Canes top six, while Nurse is a tough defenseman and Monahan would bring similar attributes as MacKinnon, but with less skill.