There has been rumors all summer that the Carolina Hurricanes would be willing to move their fifth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, but on Saturday night, Elliotte Friedman gave a little more insight into the situation.
The Hurricanes have received offers from some teams and have had discussions with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers own the seventh pick in the draft and have said before they were open to trading the pick to help the team.
GM Jim Rutherford has said earlier this summer that he believes the 2013 draft is deep and that an impact player could be available later in the draft instead of only the first few selections.
The Canes are looking for an NHL-ready prospectand may believe that one would be available two selections later. Most mock drafts are expecting Sean Monahan
to fall after Valeri Nichushkin, Aleksander Barkov and Elias Lindholm, and still be available at number seven.
Monahan has a chance of making an NHL roster next season and can play in a defensive role.
If the Canes do decide to make a trade with the Oilers, do not expect a roster player in return. With only one pick in between the two selections, it’s not that big of a leap for the Oilers.
Instead, the Hurricanes may receive the Oilers’ second-round choice at 37th along with the seventh-overall.
The Canes could move their pick to the Oilers, but Rutherford must believe that an NHL-ready prospect would be there at seventh-overall.