After a bit of an eventful morning that involved your intrepid reporter oversleeping his alarm by an hour and scrambling to get to the arena (yet making it with fifteen minutes to spare!), we’re here for day two of the NHL Draft. Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis wouldn’t tip his hand yesterday about any deals in the hopper, but all of us here agree that it would be a minor surprise if he doesn’t pull off a trade of some sort today.
We’ll have coverage of every Hurricanes pick here, along with stories about each of the Canes’ picks all day today. We’ll also update with any news nuggets of note throughout the day. Expect the festivities to run through 2:00 or so today, which means the picks will be coming fast and furious throughout the day.
And here we go! The Colorado Avalanche are on the clock first today.
10:10 a.m.: The picks come fast and furious on the second day. The Hurricanes are up with the eleventh pick of the round, but we’re five minutes in and already four picks are off the board.
Here are what the Hurricanes have on their board today:
10:20 a.m.: The second round has pretty much gone to form. The first four names off the board - Conor Timmins, Kole Lind, Nicolas Hague and Isaac Ratcliffe - were marginal first-rounders that could have gone at the tail end of last night. The fact that they were on the board this morning made for some easy decisions, although the Flyers traded up to grab Ratcliffe, swapping with the Coyotes while paying third and fourth round picks to do so.
10:25 a.m.: Someone named Gustav Lindstrom went to the Red Wings, and if a player named Gustav Lindstrom isn’t the most Red Wings name in the history of the world, I don’t know what is.
10:30 a.m.: The Canes’ first pick of the second round is Eetu Luostarinen, a center from Finland. Here’s more on the selection.
Eetu Luostarinen livePosted by Canes Country on Saturday, June 24, 2017
10:45 a.m.: Fortunately, we won’t need a dictionary for the Canes’ second pick of the second round, number 52 overall: Luke Martin, a defenseman from Michigan. Get your info here.
Luke Martin livePosted by Canes Country on Saturday, June 24, 2017
11:45 a.m.: Technical issues and the hurry-up-and-wait game that is a hallmark of day two of the draft kept us off of here for a while, but the Hurricanes took a pair of centers in the third round of the draft: First, they went with Morgan Geekie from the Tri-City Americans, who seemingly has had their entire roster drafted today, and five picks later they took Stelio Mattheos from the Brandon Wheat Kings, who spent a decent bit of time as Brandon’s top center when Nolan Patrick was injured. Want to learn more? Head this way.
Stelio Mattheos livePosted by Canes Country on Saturday, June 24, 2017
11:50 a.m.: Back to Finland! The Canes’ fourth round pick is Finnish goaltender Eetu Makiniemi. That sound you hear is Canes PA guy Wade Minter drowning his sorrows in hearing all of these names. Here’s more on the Canes’ second Eetu of the day.
12:10 p.m.: Not much along the lines of family ties today - Skyler Brind’Amour, for one, is still on the board - but Haydn Fleury’s brother Cale went 87th to the Canadiens.
12:25 p.m.: Sebastian Aho to the Islanders! What the hell is Ron Francis thinking?!?!?!?! He’s lost his mi...
...oh, wait, this was the Swedish Aho, taken at pick 139. Never mind.
12:40 p.m.: Should have posted this earlier, but Jake Lechyshyn, born in Raleigh while his father Curtis was playing for the Hurricanes, was taken 62nd by the Vegas Golden Knights, with the last pick of the second round.
It’s not an Official NHL Event without hearing “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy, so check that one off your bingo card.— Brian LeBlanc (@bdleblanc) June 24, 2017
12:55 p.m.: It’s another trip to the WHL, the third of the day, for the Canes’ sixth-round selection: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Brendan de Jong with the 166th pick. No relation to the South African golfer, if you were wondering. Here’s more about the big, but raw, defenseman.
1:02 p.m.: The Skyler Brind’Amour-to-Carolina dream dies twenty picks before the Canes’ final pick, as the Edmonton Oilers snap up the Canes’ assistant coach’s son at pick 177 in the sixth round.
1:25 p.m.: The Canes’ last selection is...another Finnish defenseman: Ville Rasanen from something called Jokipojat, which apparently exists. OK, time to head down to talk to Ron Francis, so head over to Facebook Live for more.
3:10 p.m.: And we’re done here. Below are the Facebook Lives from Ron Francis and Tony MacDonald, and “head this way for a recap of the weekend,” including a look at a significant philosophical shift spearheaded by two former Hurricanes players.
Thanks to everyone for reading this weekend. We had a blast, and we hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did providing it. Now we’re going to go catch up on some sleep, and get some deep-dish pizza. (In some order.)
Ron Francis live in Chicago after the 2017 NHL DraftPosted by Canes Country on Saturday, June 24, 2017
Tony MacDonald livePosted by Canes Country on Saturday, June 24, 2017