With the 97th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Lucas Wallmark, a forward out of Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League.
A Umea, Sweden native, Lucas Wallmark has developed into a very good playmaker over his time playing in Sweden. He played with grown men in the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-2014, and he tallied 10 points in 41 games played. He scored 3 goals and had 7 assists.
Lucas Wallmark has decent size at 6’0″, 175 lbs. Wallmark comes out of the same league and same country as former Carolina Hurricanes first round pick Elias Lindholm, a player that is also known for his very good playmaking ability.
The biggest concern for Lucas Wallmark is his mobility. Some scouts have concerns about his speed and acceleration. Lucas Wallmark will have a long time to improve this area of his game. He turns 19-year-old in September.
Here is what eliteprospects.com had to say about Lucas Wallmark:
“Wallmark has first-class hockey sense and vision. Very smart player and a highly skilled playmaker. Has good puck control and will also battle hard for the puck. Good defensive game and face-off skills. Major concern is his skating ability, as he lacks speed and acceleration.”
The Carolina Hurricanes have two remaining draft picks following the selection of Lucas Wallmark.