PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Erik Karlsson, 99th overall pick by the Carolina Hurricanes, looks on during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Carolina Hurricanes used all three of their fourth-round picks, selecting Swedish center/wing Erik Karlsson, OHL defenseman Trevor Carrick and USHL defenseman Jaccob Slavin Saturday at the NHL Draft.Karlsson is an undersized forward known for his two-way play.
"I'm a two-way forward and good skater ... I like to work hard," Karlsson said following his selection. While he doesn't currently have a contract, he expects to play in Sweden next season.
International Scouting Services, who ranked him 83rd in their draft guide and deemed him an "excellent" skater, had this to say about Karlsson:
A very energetic and explosive two-way player, "the other" can really push opponents into making mistakes. He is a great skater with good hands, strong vision and reaction skills and some determination regardless of the role he is playing. He plays a fearless style of physical game despite his smaller frame and hits to win the puck. Karlsson has a very good head for the game and has proven a versatile and dynamic prospect.
He had 14 goals and 19 assists in 57 games with Frolunda's junior team in the Sweden.
With the 115th overall pick, the Hurricanes selected Carrick, a gritty defenseman from Mississuage of the OHL.
He had 19 points last season, the majority of which came after the return of defensive partner Stuart Percy — a Maple Leafs first-round pick in 2011. Carrick's brother Sam is also in the Maple Leafs system, having been selected in the fifth round by Toronto in 2010.
Here's what ISS, who ranked him 52nd overall, had to say about Carrick.
Carrick is an all-around effective and smart defenseman who contributes in both ends of the ice. Always competes at a high level. He shows flashes of offensive productivity and potential. Has improved so much since the start of the season and shows heart every shift. Carrick is one of the hardest working guys on the ice. He displays good individual skills and a real understanding of the game and his roles and responsibilities. He keeps his stick very active in attempting to take away shooting and passing lanes. He also shows a willingness to take the body and finish his checks. Carrick is the younger brother of Brampton Battalion captain Sam Carrick, a solid 2010 Toronto Maple Leaf draft pick.
Slavin was selected with the 120th pick. A 6'2, 170-pound defenseman, Slavin is bound for Colorado College in 2013-14. Slavin had 30 points in 60 games with the Chicago Steel on the USHL in 2011-12. He played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game last season and was being the Steel's first pick in the USHL Entry Draft. You can read more on Slavin and see a video clip here.