The Carolina Hurricanes walked into the 2013 NHL Draft with five draft picks and walked out with part of the answer to their defensive problem, a promising center, two defensemen and another forward.
Going into the draft, rumors were running everywhere that the Canes would trade the fifth overall pick, but instead they held onto it and drafted Lindholm.
The Swedish center is very talented and plays well in his own end. He’ll have a chance to make the Hurricanes’ roster next season and if he doesn’t he’ll return to Sweden to play in the Swedish Elite League for one more season.
This was a great pick for the Canes. Lindholm is a safe player that has a high chance of making the NHL and should be a scoring threat that can also shutdown other star players.
Andrej Sekera Trade
Sekera will be able to play in the top four for the Canes and is much better defensively than McBain. He’s also signed to a cheap contract.
This may not be the only move to shore up the Hurricanes’ defense, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
The Canes’ second pick of the night came in defenseman Brent Pesce, who plays at the University of New Hampshire.
Pesce is big at 6-2 and according to articles from nhl.com and Hockey’s Future has the tools to become an NHL defenseman someday.
This was a smart pick in the third round. Pesce seems to have the potential to make it on the Canes roster in the future and has already impressed in his freshman year with the Wildcats.
There isn’t too much out there about Pedersen. He’s not afraid to drop the gloves, but scored an ‘ok’ amount in his second year in the OHL.
He may be more of a fighter, which could lead to an NHL career down the road. Either way Pedersen is another big player at 6-3 and depending on his development could make the Canes’ roster in a few years.
I personally like this pick in the sixth round. Ganly already has the tools of a defensive defenseman and now just needs to work on his skating.
This happens a lot with the lower-round picks, but the fact that he already excels in his defensive end is promising.
The more time Ganly spends training with the Hurricanes’ staff, the more his skating will improve, which could lead to a healthy career in the AHL or NHL down the road.
The Hurricanes should be happy with their draft day. They held onto the fifth pick, while improving the defense, which will only help the team more in the future.
Their lower picks also have the potential to be more than just AHL or ECHL players. I also like the size of the last three players, who are all over 6-2.