Number To Know
3 — Number of Carolina’s last six first-round draft picks who played in the NHL in the season right after they were drafted. With a decision coming on 2014 first-round Haydn Fleury, here's a look at each player’s first year after being taken in Round 1 by Carolina:
2007: Brandon Sutter — Returned to Red Deer (WHL) for 2007-08 season, then joined the Hurricanes’ affiliate in Albany (AHL) for the final seven games of the regular season and one round of the playoffs. Earned his way on to the Carolina roster the following year after some time in Albany.
2008: Zach Boychuk — Earned a two-game stint with the Hurricanes to start the 2008-09 campaign, but then was returned to Lethbridge (WHL) for the balance of the season. Later joined Albany (AHL) for the team’s final two regular season games. Boychuk has been up and down with Carolina, but may finally be on the cusp of earning a full-time job this year.
2009: Philippe Paradis — Was returned to Shawinigan (QMJHL) for the 2009-10 season and never played in the Hurricanes system — he was traded to Toronto for Jiri Tlusty less than six months after he was picked 27th overall. He has since been traded two more times since and is currently in the Lightning system. He has not played an NHL game.
2010: Jeff Skinner — Earned a spot on Carolina’s roster coming out of camp and went on to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie with 31 goals, 33 assists and 64 points.
2011: Ryan Murphy — Was returned to Kitchener (OHL) and played the entire 2011-12 season there. He has played parts of the last two seasons with Carolina and is again battling for a roster spot on the 2014-15 squad.
2013: Elias Lindholm — Carolina didn't have a first-round pick in 2012 (traded to Pittsburgh as part of the Jordan Staal trade), but last year’s top selection made his way to the NHL. Lindholm logged 58 games with Carolina — he had brief stops in Charlotte (AHL) and at the World Junior Championships with Sweden — and will play a big role in the Hurricanes’ plans this season.