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NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes Select Defenseman Brian Dumoulin With The 51st Pick

The Carolina Hurricanes made their second-round pick early Saturday, choosing defenseman Brian Dumoulin. The 6-3, 197-pounder from Maine is a smooth-skating blueliner who is among the youngest players in the draft (birthdate is Sept. 6, 1991). 

International Scouting Services said:

One of the youngest players available for the draft. Dumoulin impressed scouts with his play at the National Select 17 Festival, and by playing for Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament. He is an excellent skater with a great stride. Not really a physical D-man. Very good ice awareness. Has to get a bit more consistent in his own zone but has great potential. Enjoyed a fine season with the Monarchs scoring 7 goals and tallying 30 points in 41 games.

He had seven goals and 23 assists in 41 games with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs last season.

Dumoulin was the No. 57 player on the Canes Country board. He was ranked highest by TSN's Bob McKenzie (51st), and lowest by The Hockey News (76th). ISS ranked Dumoulin 67th, Red Line Report 62nd and McKeen's 61st. Central Scouting had him as the No. 61 North American skater. He plans to attend Boston College.

We'll add more details as we have them.

UPDATE-  During the media interview, Brian said that he attended game two of the playoffs this year when the Canes played in Boston.  He was very impressed with the team and is excited to be a part of the organization.  When asked who his favorite team was, he answered, "the Carolina Hurricanes".