A Review of Hurricanes First Round Picks Part II: 2008-2017

Analysis of every Hurricanes first round pick from 2008 to 2017
2017 NHL Draft - Round One
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Martin Necas
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2017: Martin Necas (F) 12th Overall 362 GP 97 G 146 A 138 PIM

This might be the most difficult recent draft pick to judge for the Hurricanes. There is no denying Necas’ talent.  There are ‘Canes players on record saying that Necas is the most skilled player on the team.  He is lightning fast, creative, and can shoot the puck.  While he has all these physical gifts, Necas has not been the most consistent contributor on the recent Hurricanes teams. He doesn’t have a ton of interest in playing both sides of the puck and seems to have a mental block about believing he is a centerman when he doesn’t win face-offs or have a strong 200-foot game.  It may be a case of not fully buying into what Rod Brind’Amour is preaching as far as what he expects out of his players.  The ‘Canes and Necas are currently at a crossroads with Necas being an RFA this offseason. He wants a substantial pay raise and term and I’m not sure he has shown enough productivity to warrant a big money extension.  It also seems that Necas wants a change of scenery and go to a team where he can play a style that fits his believed strengths.  Necas still has the tools to become a star in this league.  If the Hurricanes do decide to move on, I would not be surprised if Necas becomes a 40-goal, 80-point player with his new team.  This wasn’t a bad pick. However, Nick Suzuki went one pick later at 13th overall. I believe his style would have been perfect for the Hurricanes’ system.  Other notable later first-rounders include 30-goal scorer Josh Norris (19th Overall), all-star Robert Thomas (20th Overall), and one of the best goalies in the league Jake Ottinger (26th Overall).

Note: Having Ottinger would solve all the Hurricanes’ goalie issues.