Carolina Hurricanes: 3 Potential 2nd Round 2021 Entry Draft Targets

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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 22: Don Waddell attends the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes have turned a new leaf when it comes to drafting solid prospects.

After putting together a phenomenal 2nd round draft performance for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2020, Tulsky and Co. have their work cut out for them in 2021.

In 2020, the Carolina Hurricanes drafted both Noel Gunler and Vasily Ponomaryov in the 2nd Round. In 2019, their first 2nd round selection, Pyotr Kochetkov, is set to be (for the time being) the Canes’ “goalie of the future”, but is still largely a question mark when it comes to NHL-readiness and trajectory. The next player drafted by the Canes in the 2nd round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft is none other than recently-signed Jamieson Rees.

The draft class in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft is one of the best we’ve seen in a long time, and might even be as deep as the 2020 NHL Entry Draft class.

In my previous article addressing 3 potential 1st Round entry draft targets, I had the Carolina Hurricanes picking close to 25th overall or so, which would put them at drafting at 57th overall or so in the 2nd round of the entry draft if they keep their own picks and don’t trade picks to move up or down on draft day.

Two of the three picks discussed in that earlier article were defensemen, and this article will be written from the perspective of the Canes drafting one of the two defensemen (hopefully Corson Ceulemans, but that remains to be seen).

The usual caveats apply; I have no insider information regarding this topic, and am not suggesting the Carolina Hurricanes nor Eric Tulsky/Darren York/the rest of the Canes’ scouting staff are pursuing these players. This is, as usual, pure speculation.

That being said, let’s jump back into the 2021 NHL Draft class and point out three solid young players the Carolina Hurricanes could be targeting in the 2nd round.

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