A Review of the Carolina Hurricanes First Round Draft Picks Part I: 1997-2007

Taking a look at every Carolina Hurricanes first round draft picks
2019 NHL Draft - Round One
2019 NHL Draft - Round One / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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The Carolina Hurricanes have a somewhat inconsistent drafting record throughout the history of the franchise.  They have some major hits on picks after the first round, scoring players such as Erik Cole in the 3rd round in 1998, Jaccob Slavin in the 4th round in 2014, and Sebastian Aho in the 2nd round in 2015.  However, their first-round drafting has not always been up to par. Whether it be over-drafting players based on positional needs or rushing their development, ‘Canes' history is littered with unrealized potential and misses on players who became stars in their NHL careers.  For this list, we will only use players that were picked in the first round; omitting choosing potential players such as Nikita Kucherov, whom every team passed over during their draft year.  Let's start at the beginning: