The Carolina Hurricanes entered the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery with the 7th pick, and they left with the 7th pick.
The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery aired live Tuesday night on NBCSN and TSN. 13 teams had a shot at the number one pick in the NHL Draft. Most of the Lottery was normal, but it ended with a bang.
Every team left the Lottery with the same pick they had when they entered it, besides the Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres. The Florida Panthers stole the #1 pick from the Buffalo Sabres, who came into the night with the first pick. The Sabres will be picking 2nd in the draft.
Here is the draft order for the Lottery eligible teams:
1. Florida Panthers
2. Buffalo Sabres
3. Edmonton Oilers
4. Calgary Flames
5. New York Islanders
6. Vancouver Canucks
7. Carolina Hurricanes
8. Toronto Maple Leafs
9. Winnipeg Jets
10. Anaheim Ducks (From the Ottawa Senators in the Bobby Ryan trade)
11. Nashville Predators
12. Phoenix Coyotes
13. Washington Capitals
30. New Jersey Devils (Given 30th pick as revised punishment for Ilya Kovalchuk‘s move to Russia. They were not eligible for the 1st overall pick.)
Hopefully 7 will, once again, be the lucky number for the Carolina Hurricanes. Here is Bob McKenzie’s Top-10 prospect list:
1. Aaron Ekblad
2. Sam Reinhart
3. Sam Bennett
4. Leon Draisaitl
5. Michael Dal Colle
6. Nick Ritchie
7. Nikolaj Ehlers
8. Jake Virtanen
9. Kasperi Kapanen (Son of Sami Kapanen)
10. Haydn Fleury
Honorable Mentions: William Nylander and Brendan Perlini
Craig Button had the Carolina Hurricanes selecting Kasperi Kapanen with the number seven pick in the upcoming draft. He said it was because Jim Rutherford “likes blood lines”. He is referring to Kasperi’s father Sami Kapanen who played six seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes from the late 1990′s to the early 2000′s.
Jim Rutherford likely won’t make the pick. Rumors have come out that Ron Francis will be named the GM of the Carolina Hurricanes this summer, if not sooner. Francis did play five seasons with Sami Kapanen.