Lucas Wallmark (4th Round, 97th Pick)
The Hurricanes second pick in the fourth round of the 2014 draft became a solid bottom 6 forward in Lucas Wallmark. Wallmark has made large strides as a young prospect and made a name for himself by becoming a game regular last season.
Wallmark was a forward that the Canes thought could contribute on the NHL level after a few years and they found a steal in round 4. Lucas Wallmark was drafted primarily because of his hockey-sense, vision, tenacity, defense, and face-off skills. Although his defense and face-off have paved the way for his roster spot, his offensive numbers haven’t been too bad.
In his first season with the Charlotte Checkers, Wallmark scored 24 goals and assisted on 22 passes with a total of 46 points. Wallmark followed up that performance with 17 goals, 38 assists and 55 points in 45 games the following season. In 121 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Wallmark has scored 13 goals and 25 assists enough for 38 total points.
Wallmark has been a solid defensive center, capable of winning face-offs with a career face-off percentage of 51.4. Wallmark will likely remain a bottom 9 forward, nonetheless he was a great value pick in the 4th round. Wallmark’s defense being turned into offense can be seen below: