Feb 27, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner (53) watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes Will Pick Seventh In The 2014 NHL Entry Draft

Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Elias Lindholm receives his team cap after being introduced as the number five overall pick to the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

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.)

 

The Carolina Hurricanes selected Jeff Skinner with the 7th pick back in the 2010 NHL Draft. Justin Faulk was the 37th pick in that draft for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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.

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