So much good things could happen for the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2018 off-season with a ton of cap room and the second overall draft pick.
The Carolina Hurricanes have gone back and forth in interviews with a few different potential general managers over the past two months. However, few promising candidates have surfaced, or at least that ones that were quality options didn’t have much interest in pursuing the role.
First-year majority Carolina owner Tom Dundon parted ways with Ron Francis as the general manager (although he is still with the organization as president of hockey operations). Carolina also had their fourth-year head coach Bill Peters opt out of his contract before the final season. Peters is now with the bench boss with the Calgary Flames, in his home province in Canada.
On April 28, the Canes got a very fortunate draw on the 2018 NHL Entry Draft Lottery, landing the second overall pick behind only the Buffalo Sabres. Carolina had just a 3.3 percent chance of getting the second overall pick, according to odds from Tankathon.
This is some great luck for a franchise that needs some help to get into the playoffs for the first time in a long while. Now, the Canes have the opportunity to possibly get their hands on the likes of defenseman Rasmus Dahlin or winger Andrei Svechnikov. Whoever the Sabres draft first overall, between Dahlin and Svechnikov, results in the Canes nabbing the other player more than likely.
The team that landed the third pick was the Montreal Canadiens, who had a 9.7 percent chance of doing so. The situation at hand is similar to the type of luck that the New Jersey Devils got last year with the No. 1 overall pick where they selected Nico Hischier. That helped the Devils get into the postseason for the first time since 2012.
If the Canes can get the results they want out of whoever they take with this second overall pick, they’ll get the privilege of being able to line up the interests of the general manager, head coach, and the roster makeup. That’s a rare thing that few teams get to have in just one off-season.