NHL ETAs for the 2019 Carolina Hurricanes Draft Class

Carolina Hurricanes center Ryan Suzuki (61) (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Carolina Hurricanes center Ryan Suzuki (61) (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 22: Patrik Puistola reacts after being selected 73rd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 22: Patrik Puistola reacts after being selected 73rd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Recap

The Hurricanes had a stunning 2019 draft class, with a lot of potential players for them in the future. They made some “safe” picks (Suzuki, Rees) some picks with very high upside (Kochetkov, Murray, Puistola, Tieksola) and some picks that have real boom-or-bust potential (Honka, Fensore, Slepets).

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With a prospect group as deep as the Canes’, it allows to take chances on players that teams with shallow pools may not take the risk on. Anttoni Honka is a perfect example of that – he’s a guy the Canes can afford to wait for, and has the chance to be either a real game-changer or a dud.

If nothing else, the Canes made some great potential selections in 2019, and has to give fans a lot of faith in this front-office committee moving forward. They’ve shown a willingness to draft players from all around the world, even if they have question marks around their game; which previous regimes have not done.

All in all, I’m excited for the future of this draft class, and the team in general.

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