The Carolina Hurricanes ended their 2013 NHL Draft with two forwards and two defensemen drafted. The final player being defenseman Tyler Ganly of Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL.
Ganly was taken with the 156th pick and was ranked 166th by Central Scouting. Last season with the Greyhounds, Ganly recorded 17 assists and 64 penalty minutes in 62 games.
According to McKeen’s Hockey, Ganly impressed with his defensive play during his rookie season. He is positionally sound and saw his ice time increase over the course of the season.
However, he needs to work on his speed and puck-handling. But like Brent Pedersen, Ganly is not afraid to drop the gloves and knows his role on the team.
Right now, it sounds like Ganly is a very raw defenseman. He knows how to play defense and has good hockey sense, but needs to work on the offensive side of the puck and his footwork.
With more of a role with the Greyhounds (they could lose top-defenseman Darnell Nurse to the NHL), Ganly could improve over time.
If Ganly ever makes it to the NHL, it will be years from now. He may play two more seasons in the OHL, then make the jump to the Charlotte Checkers and go from there.