Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the complete draft board after the completion of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes Select Alex Nedeljkovic with the 37th Pick

With the 37th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Alex Nedeljkovic, a goaltender out of the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League.

Obviously, Alex Nedeljkovic holds strong ties with Mike Vellucci, Carolina Hurricanes Assistant General Manager. Mike Vellucci used to be the General Manager and Head Coach of the Plymouth Whalers before joining Ron Francis and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Alex Nedeljkovic had a very good campaign in the 2013-2014 season with Plymouth, despite the team’s obvious issues. Nedeljkovic finished the season with a 26-27-9 record with a 2.88 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.

In the OHL, goals are easier to come by, and goalies tend to have high goals against averages compared to the NHL games, and Alex Nedeljkovic was fantastic in his second season in Plymouth.

The Hockey News says that Alex Nedeljkovic is “probably the most naturally athletic guy in the whole draft”. Many people think that Alex Nedeljkovic could be a very good NHL starting goalie very soon in the National Hockey League.

Alex Nedeljkovic was the OHL goalie of the year in the 2013-2014 season. He was a member of the OHL First All-Star Team, and he won a gold medal in the U-18 World Junior Championships with the USA. He’s a Parma, Ohio native.

 

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