Today is the big day. All 30 NHL teams will be looking to improve their squad for the future and even the present.
The Carolina Hurricanes are on a mission to get bigger up front and to get more depth on defense in the NHL Draft, but with players like Nikolaj Ehlers and William Nylander both likely to be available at the 7th pick in round one, it will be hard for the Carolina Hurricanes to pass on the two small, skilled forwards.
The Carolina Hurricanes will likely be able to pick from a crop of players that includes Jake Virtanen, Nick Ritchie, Haydn Fleury, and Brendan Perlini. Virtanen, Ritchie, and Perlini are all big forwards who are very good scoring threats. Fleury is the second best defenseman in the draft behind Aaron Ekblad.
In my full seven-round Carolina Hurricanes mock draft, I had the Canes selecting Nikolaj Ehlers with their first round pick.
Outside of the first round, the Carolina Hurricanes need to work on strengthening their pool of defensive prospects. I had the Carolina Hurricanes selecting big, hulking defensemen Alexis Vanier and Ryan Mantha in my mock draft.
Trade rumors will be plentiful on Friday night. The Carolina Hurricanes have “star players” like Eric Staal and Cam Ward potentially on the chopping block. Meanwhile, players like Jay Harrison, John-Michael Liles, and other depth players could also be used as trade chips for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Carolina Hurricanes could also be shopping the seventh overall pick in hopes to move either or up or down in the first round. If a trade involving the seventh pick was to be made, another first round pick would likely return to the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s very unlikely that the Carolina Hurricanes would trade out of the first round.
We are getting closer and closer to the NHL Draft, and the Carolina Hurricanes are bound to be very busy on Friday and Saturday.