There have been several rumors floating around that the Carolina Hurricanes are open to moving down in the 2013 NHL Draft should there target player already be taken.
I speculated earlier that the target prospect could be Valeri Nichushkin and if he is gone by the fifth pick, the Hurricanes should not think twice and make a trade to move down in the draft.
There are several reasons why this would make sense for the Canes:
Deep Draft – The 2013 Draft figures to be one of the deepest in recent history with NHL-ready players being available until the 10th overall pick. That means if the Hurricanes move down, they’re still likely to pick a player like Sean Monahan or Darnell Nurse that could play in the NHL next season.
Even if the Canes take a player that won’t be ready next season, they could still take someone that can make an impact in the future.
Lost Assets Last Season – At last year’s draft, the Hurricanes traded their eighth pick and prospect Brian Dumoulin in the deal for Jordan Staal. The pick held
plenty of value and the loss of Dumoulin hurt an already weak prospect pool.
But the Canes can actually add to their prospects by trading down in the draft. The Hurricanes would most likely gain a pick near the top ten and another pick later in the draft or a prospect.
That could go a long ways towards building up the Hurricanes’ future and replacing the assets lost at last year’s draft.
Do Not Need An NHL-Ready Forward – GM Jim Rutherford has stated before that he wants an NHL-ready forward with his pick in this year’s draft. But the reality is that a forward ready for the NHL is not that big of a need.
The Canes already have the Staal brothers, Jiri Tlusty, Alexander Semin, Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Skinner in the top six. Any other forward that is added would play on the third line or take Skinner’s spot.
Of course, it would be nice if a young player could come in and make an impact similar to Jeff Skinner in his rookie season, but it’s not the greatest franchise need.
Maybe instead, the Hurricanes can trade down and take a player like Darnell Nurse that can make a bigger difference on this team in a few years.