For some people, the NHL Draft is one of the most exciting times of the year because it's a chance to get a look at some of the league's future stars. It's also a beacon of hope for some teams who may have just had a bad season and are hoping to gain an elite player from a high pick. Some teams have been in this position far more often than others (see the Oilers) but for the Hurricanes, this year will be the first time they will be drafting in the top-five since 2005. As awful as it was to endure this season, the Hurricanes should be able to bolster their organizational depth this summer since picks in the top-five have a very high chance of becoming NHL-ers and the Hurricanes farm system could really use some replenishment right about now. They have plenty of good prospects in the minors and in juniors but are lacking players who can possibly fill crucial roles on the team once they break into the next level. This draft is a chance to change that since it's been reported that this is one of the deepest drafts in recent history and the Canes have a high pick.
There isn't a ton that I know about the players in the draft since I only have so much time available and can only see so many non-NHL games I can watch, but thanks to things like the Internet and the growth of more detailed hockey analysis, everyone can get the low down on the hottest names in the draft and their appears to be a lot of promising talents this year. Who exactly should the Hurricanes target, though? It's tough to say right now because the team has a lot of options with the fifth pick and needs all across the board in terms of prospect depth so really, adding anyone with top-tier potential would be a boost for Carolina. If that last sentence sounds familiar then it's because I said a similar thing before last season's draft when they ended up trading their 8th overall pick in the Jordan Staal deal.
The difference between this year and last year is that the Canes have a higher pick and this year's class is much deeper than last season. If I remember correctly, last year's draft class was somewhat shallow outside of the top five or so while this year's class is projected to be the deepest draft since the 2003 season. The Hurricanes will have a lot more options for who they can use this pick on and will have a higher chance of landing an NHL player since they will be selecting in the top-five. Rutherford's track record in drafting isn't great as a whole, but the team's drafting has improved in recent seasons and this year is a good chance to continue towards improving that and giving the Canes prospect pool a much needed boost.
Before we discuss some potential targets for Carolina, I thought it would be a good idea to review some strategies the team should consider when they go on the clock this June.no comments