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
2017 NHL Draft - Round One / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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Jordan Staal
Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders - Game Three / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

2012: No first round pick. Traded to Pittsburgh for Jordan Staal

This trade I think has worked out decently well for the Hurricanes. Staal has been a solid player throughout his career with the Hurricanes.  The Penguins chose defenseman Derrick Pouliot with the Hurricanes' pick (8th Overall). He has not become an impact NHL player.  If the Hurricanes kept their pick, they could have chosen Jacob Trouba (9th Overall), Filip Forsberg (11th overall), Tom Wilson (would have been nice! 16th Overall), Tomas Hertl ( 17th Overall), or (sigh) Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th Overall).

Note: Current, and maybe soon former, Hurricanes defenseman Brady Skjei went 28th overall.