NHL ETAs for the 2019 Carolina Hurricanes Draft Class

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TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 17: Carolina Hurricanes center Ryan Suzuki (61) skates against Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) during the NHL Preseason game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning on September 17, 2019 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

After receiving league-wide praise for their performance at the 2019 Draft, how has the Hurricanes draft class developed so far?

It’s no secret that the Hurricanes smacked the 2019 draft out of the park. With 12 selections, it’s easy to make some, what analysts would deem,  good selections, but it seems like almost every pick the Hurricanes made has potential to be looked back upon as a steal. Of course, not all of them will make it, but they all have some real potential.

They owe a lot of their recent draft success to Eric Tulsky, whom many consider to be the brains of the operation, Rick Dudley (senior VP of hockey ops) and Darren Yorke (director of player personnel) alongside Don Waddell of course. As a management committee, they’ve quickly become top-tier in the league based on their draft and transactions record during their tenure.

But let’s not waste any time, let’s get straight into it.

Ryan Suzuki
C Barrie Colts / OHL

Suzuki was off to a great start in his season with the Barrie Colts in the OHL, but he’s recently suffered an eye injury after being high-sticked in the face and is considered week-to-week. Still, he’s looked like he’s willing to shoot more, and his playmaking ability is still on full display. He’s got 4 goals and 13 assists in 13 games.

His Barrie Colts are a pretty good team – much improved from last year, so it looks like Suzuki will get the chance to play some playoff hockey this spring. So far, so good. Still a player to keep your eye out for when he finally makes the pro teams.

NHL ETA: 3-4 years

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