Carolina Hurricanes: 3 Potential 2021 NHL Entry Draft First Round Targets

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: Don Waddell of the Carolina Hurricanes attends the 2019 NHL Draft at the Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes’ next draft pick is closer than you think.

The Carolina Hurricanes are going to have a litany of incredible prospects to choose from in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Let’s take a peek into the future.

We all know by now that Eric Tulsky is a genius/wizard, and the Carolina Hurricanes are all the better for it.

Tulsky and the Carolina Hurricanes have managed to string together some of the most impressive drafts in franchise history; Tulsky himself has been instrumental in assuring the Carolina Hurricanes are building the groundwork for a lasting dynasty in an era where sustained success is easy to come, easy go. Don’t believe me? Ask the San Jose Sharks, the Ottawa Senators, or the LA Kings.

In any case, the 2021 NHL Entry Draft is right around the corner. Granted, players are going to rise and fall between now and then, but it can’t hurt to look at some potential targets Tulsky and Co. might have their eye on for the first round come this July.

The 2021 NHL Entry Draft is absolutely loaded with talented players, most of which in Round 1 are defensemen. Fair warning, two of the three players I’m highlighting here in this article are defensemen.

I know, I know, the Carolina Hurricanes (read: Ron Francis) were HUGE on drafting defensemen in the first round in years past, but now that the Canes have plenty of prospective offensive options in the pipeline, I think they might be looking to shore up the blueline with some 1st Round prospective defensive talent.

Now, to preface this, I am going to assume that the Carolina Hurricanes will keep their own 1st round draft pick this season, and will do better in the standings this season than last. This would result in a later pick than the 14th overall pick from Toronto that landed recently signed Seth Jarvis within the Carolina Hurricanes system a few months ago (I’m guessing around 25th overall or so, just to be safe). That being said, let’s dive in!

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