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Day Two Discussion - Scorers Are Still Available

Canes collect powerplay help in round one.

Julien Gauthier poses after being selected at number 21 by the Hurricanes
Julien Gauthier poses after being selected at number 21 by the Hurricanes
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The Carolina Hurricanes have historically had trouble on the powerplay.  Last season they finished 24th in the league with a 16.8% success rate.

Coincidentally (or not), both picks from last night are prolific scorers with the man advantage.

While Jake Bean might not be a sexy first selection for Carolina, especially since the Canes are already pretty much loaded on the blueline, his specialty is moving the puck and scoring on the powerplay.

Julien Gauthier also specializes in crashing the net and making life miserable for goalies while on the powerplay.

If they can translate their skills from the juniors to the NHL, Carolina's percentages with the man advantage should improve accordingly.


Today the Canes have one pick in the second round, (43rd overall), three picks in the third, (67, 74, 75) and then one pick each in rounds 4, 5 and 6.

When they pick in the second round, there still should be interesting forwards available.  Some of the following guys might be still be off the board at 43.

Pascal Laberge - Tough and spirited two-way forward who has skill but is somewhat raw.  Crafty playmaker who creates well off the rush but has a weak shot.  Needs to add power and strength.

Alex DeBrincat - Scored 100 plus goals in two years of juniors but is under-sized.

Vitali Abromov - One scout says he has fastest hands in the draft.  The Russian right winger scored 38 goals and 93 points in 63 games his first year in the "Q".

Cameron Morrison - Is ranked all over the second round but a big player (6'2, 200) who can shoot and uses his size well.  Committed to Notre Dame next year.

Boris Katchouk - Gritty agitator who does everything well, but nothing great.  Ranked late in first round by some scouts.

Carl Grundstrom - Swede who is strong on his skates, forechecks well, and plays hard in all zones.  Not a big scorer but is a great character/team guy.

Rasmus Asplund - Smart player who reads the play well and is a good passer/playmaker.  Needs more muscle for next level.  Another Swede.

Adam Mascherin - Red Line Report calls this player the most under-rated in the draft.  He plays much bigger than his 5'9, 190 frame.  A "prolific scorer", (35 goals, 46 assists in 65 games for Kitchener), combines an exceedingly high work ethic with mature approach to game.   An indestructible bowling ball, built like a tank, would rather go over defenders than around them.  Already has a pro-level, deadly and devastating wrist shot.  Needs to improve on defense.

I would expect the Canes to draft a goalie with one of their picks in the third round.  Also, Cory Stillman's son Riley is in this draft.  Would not be surprising to see him picked in the third as well, if he is still available.