Canes’ Draft: It’s a Mixed Bag

The Carolina Hurricanes will pick twelfth in one of the most uncertain NHL drafts in recent memory. Unlike the last two drafts, which gifted us Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, this year’s class does not have a clear overall pick. Pundits cannot even reach a consensus on what player will take the draft’s highest honor — Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier.

The uncertainty only grows further down the draft board. The writers in the four mock drafts below have four different players going to Carolina at twelve. It is also totally possible (dare I say likely) Ron Francis will move Carolina’s first pick in exchange for an established talent. Mock drafts are mostly worthless and fruitless exercises. However, the amount of varying opinions prove just how much of a crap-shoot this year’s draft will be. Below are some prospects who could be available when the Hurricanes are on the clock.


Lias Andersson (C/LW)

HV71 of Swedish Hockey League
5’11, 198 lbs
Predicted by Steve Kournianos

An excerpt about Andersson from Kournianos at The Draft Analyst:

“One of the few forward prospects who played consistent minutes for a contending adult team, Andersson showcased more creativity and puck skills at several best-on-best tournaments while manning one of Sweden’s top two lines. He’s a 200-foot battler with soft hands and makes smart decisions while motoring up ice. Andersson is a virtual lock for a lengthy NHL career, and his style of play can fit any system.”


Martin Necas  (C) 

HC Kometa Brno of Czech Extraliga
6’1, 168 lbs
Predicted by Craig Button (TSN Director of Scouting)

In regards to Necas, Button wrote:

“Has all the skills to be a very dynamic centre in the mold of Claude Giroux”


Nick Suzuki (C)

Owen Sound Attack of Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
5’11, 183 lbs
Predicted by Kyle Mcilmurray of Winging It In Motown

In Mcilmurray’s most recent mock draft, he states Carolina will likely be looking for skill players:

“A strong, young team gets stronger with a guy like Suzuki. After a dominant season in the OHL, he’s soared in Draft rankings. The Hurricanes have a solid set of defensemen with more on the way. Now that they have an actual starting goaltender, I’m willing to bet they’ll pick for skill.”


Klim Kostin (RW)

Dynamo Moskva of Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)
6’3, 196 lbs
Predicted by Matt Duscharme of Puck Prose

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