The Carolina Hurricanes made intentions clear that size was a priority when selecting players in this years draft. Francis chose big bodied players who will also bring a great skill set to the ice.
The Canes were looking for a more aggressive style of play and adding larger players to the roster would allow this.
With a lack of player ability in free agency, there will most likely be no major roster changes, so this year’s NHL Draft was more important than ever.
The acquisition of Haydn Fleury in the first round of the draft was a great pickup for many reasons, but most importantly, we need defense. Standing at six feet and three inches tall, the two-way defenseman was exactly what the Canes were looking for. On day two of the draft, the Canes selection consisted of five skaters and one goaltender. Four of the skaters were at least six feet tall and 180 pounds. Desperate for defense, the Canes selected Josh Wesley 96th overall and Kyle Jenkins 187th overall.
I think that this was a relatively successful year for the Hurricanes in this year’s draft. It is no secret that last year was lacking in the goal scoring category, so it was crucial that we added players who are able to drive the net. I’m not sure what to expect for next year because the team is virtually the same with the exception of a new coaching staff, but it appears we are starting to move in the right direction.