Kyle Jenkins (7th Round, 187th Pick)
The Canes decided to take Kyle Jenkins in the 7th round of the 2014 NHL draft. At the time, Jenkins was a defensive prospect that was extremely raw but had a lot of upside if he could put his game together. In the 2013-2014 season, Jenkins played for the Marie Greyhounds in the OHL, where he scored 25 points in 63 games.
Jenkins showed a lot of promise with his poise and offensive upside but lacked the size and strength to extend his play to the AHL. Jenkins had a standout season the year he was drafted where he scored 24 points in 38 games played before his season was unfortunately cut short due to injury.
Unfortunately for Kyle, he hasn’t been able to make it to the NHL or AHL level. Jenkins is no longer with the Hurricanes organization nor in the OHL league.
With 5 of the Carolina Hurricanes 7 picks playing at least 1 game at the NHL level the Overall Draft Grade is an A-. Looking back on this draft 5 years later, the Carolina Hurricanes were able to find 5 players that can contribute for the organization for years to come.
CC Readers: What position do you think the Canes should draft in the first round of the 2020 entry draft?