2014 NHL Draft Preview: The Carolina Hurricanes Should Target Leon Draisaitl and Nick Ritchie


For the 5th straight season, the Carolina Hurricanes are looking forward to the NHL Entry Draft, not the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It is disappointing knowing that the Carolina Hurricanes won’t be going after a Stanley Cup this summer, but they will going after one of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. There are a couple of players that the Carolina Hurricanes should go after in June.

The first player is Leon Draisaitl. He is a big play-making forward from Germany currently playing in the WHL for the Prince Albert Raiders. Leon Draisaitl could really help the Carolina Hurricanes power play and 5-on-5 offense. He also has a great build at 6’2″, 210 lbs at the age of 18.

Leon Draisaitl can play center and the wing, so it’s hard not to imagine him playing with Jeff Skinner in the future and forming a lethal line. He is a big play-maker, and that is exactly what Jeff Skinner needs.

The German forward is currently ranked 7th Future Considerations’ top prospect list. In January, Central Scouting ranked Leon Draisaitl as number 2 among North American Skaters.

Nick Ritchie of the Peterborough Petes in the OHL is another player that the Carolina Hurricanes should consider in the June. He is a huge power forward who can score with the best of ‘em. At 6’2, 230 lbs, Nick Ritchie is the biggest player in the top end of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

Future Considerations ranks Ritchie 5th among the top prospects in the upcoming draft. Central Scouting ranked Nick Ritchie at 7th among North American skaters.

Nick Ritchie is more of a scoring forward. He has a very dangerous shot, and he uses his huge frame to get to the dirty areas to get goals. That is something the Carolina Hurricanes could really benefit from.

The Carolina Hurricanes need to pick the right player in this June’s NHL Entry Draft. Leon Draisaitl and Nick Ritchie would be two terrific choices at the top end of the draft.

Tags: 2014 NHL Draft Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner Leon Draisaitl Nick Ritchie

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