Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of a sand sculpture with the 2013 NHL Draft logo before the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Should the Carolina Hurricanes Move Up or Down in the NHL Draft?

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The NHL Draft will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th. The Carolina Hurricanes will have a big decision to make when their name is called for the 7th pick in the draft, if it is.

Ron Francis, General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, has said numerous times that he is open to moving up or down in the NHL Draft if the right deal comes across on draft day.

If the Carolina Hurricanes are set on drafting one of the consensus top five players (Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett, Leon Draisaitl, Michael Dal Colle), then they will have to trade up into the top five with teams like the Florida Panthers, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and New York Islanders.

If the Carolina Hurricanes think a player like Nick Ritchie, Haydn Fleury, William Nylander, or Nikolaj Ehlers will fall enough to warrant a trade down in the draft, then that would be another option for Ron Francis and the Carolina Hurricanes.

What seems most likely as of now is the Carolina Hurricanes staying put at the seven spot in the first round and picking one of Nick Ritchie, William Nylander, and Nikolaj Ehlers.

Unless a deal comes up that the Canes can’t pass on, I think the best move is to play it safe and draft their guy with the seventh pick.

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