HURRICANES TO SELECT SECOND OVERALL THIS WEEKEND

Tuesday, 06.17.2003 / 2:33 PM / News
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HURRICANES TO SELECT SECOND OVERALL THIS WEEKEND

Second Pick Has Yielded Stars Heatley, Pronger, Dionne

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Saturday at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center, the Carolina Hurricanes will enter the 2003 NHL Entry Draft with the second overall selection and the numerous options owning that pick presents.

Through the years, the second selection has introduced the likes of Dany Heatley, Daniel Sedin, Wade Redden, Chris Pronger, Alexei Yashin, Brendan Shanahan, Sylvain Turgeon, Dave Babych and Marcel Dionne to the NHL. Since the draft went to its current format in 1969, just two goaltenders – the New York Islanders’ Rick Dipeitro in 2000 and Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen in 2002 – have been selected with one of the draft’s top two picks. NHL general managers have used the second overall choice to select 26 forwards (12 centers, 11 left wings, 3 right wings), seven defensemen and one goaltender in the previous 34 NHL Entry Drafts.

Owners of the second overall selection have used the pick in trades five times since 1969. Most recently, the Islanders traded the 2001 second draft position to Ottawa along with Zdeno Chara and Bill Muckalt in exchange for 1992 No. 2 overall pick Alexei Yashin. The Senators selected center Jason Spezza with the second pick that year. In 1982, Minnesota used Detroit’s second overall pick – acquired in 1981 in exchange for Don Murdoch, Greg Smith and Minnesota’s first-round pick in 1982 – to draft left wing Brian Bellows who posted more than 1000 points during his NHL career.

With the second pick in hand, the Hurricanes have the highest draft position since the team moved to North Carolina in 1997 and since President / General Manager Jim Rutherford used his first NHL Entry Draft pick to select Jeff O’Neill fifth overall in 1994.

The Carolina organization has been very active in first rounds since joining the NHL in 1979, trading first-round picks seven times (five times during Rutherford’s tenure as General Manager), acquiring six first-round picks (two under Rutherford) and selecting some the game’s best players. The Hurricanes organization selected Sylvain Turgeon second overall in 1983 and Chris Pronger second overall in 1993 with the two highest selections in franchise history.

Despite the attention rightfully paid to first-round selections, the Hurricanes also bring 10 other picks to the 2003 draft. Carolina will select first in the draft’s second round (31st overall) and three times in the fourth round (102nd, 126th and 130th). The Hurricanes will follow their active fourth round with the first two selections of the fifth round (137th and 138th) and one pick in each of the draft’s final four rounds (168th, 198th, 230th and 262nd).

The NHL Entry Draft begins Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET) and espn2 will air the first three hours of action. After completing rounds one through three on Saturday, the draft will break until 10 a.m. Sunday when the final six rounds commence. Hurricanes fans can follow this year’s draft at www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

Second Overall Selections (since 1969)
 
Regular Season
Playoffs
Year Player Pos. Team GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2002 Kari Lehtonen G ATL has not made NHL debut
2001 Jason Spezza C OTT 33 7 14 21 8 3 1 1 2 0
2000 Dany Heatley LW ATL 159 67 89 156 114 - - - - -
1999 Daniel Sedin LW VAN 233 43 54 97 90 24 2 8 10 8
1998 David Legwand C NAS 280 54 93 147 156 - - - - -
1997 Patrick Marleau C SJ 478 125 145 270 169 34 11 8 19 16
1996 Andrei Zyuzin D SJ 293 20 50 70 280 24 1 1 2 28
1995 Wade Redden D NYI 548 61 182 243 338 54 6 17 23 22
1994 Oleg Tverdovsky D ANA 615 74 216 290 244 40 0 14 14 6
1993 Chris Pronger D HFD 642 80 266 346 1010 80 10 40 50 194
1992 Alexei Yashin C OTT 663 276 355 631 279 38 11 15 26 24
1991 Pat Falloon RW SJ 575 143 179 322 141 66 11 7 18 16
1990 Petr Nedved C VAN 808 282 352 634 564 65 17 23 40 56
1989 Dave Chyzowski LW NYI 126 15 16 31 144 2 0 0 0 0
1988 Trevor Linden C VAN 1079 335 442 777 803 105 32 60 92 92
1987 Brendan Shanahan LW NJ 1186 533 565 1098 2156 139 51 60 111 231
1986 Jimmy Carson C LA 626 275 286 561 254 55 17 15 32 22
1985 Craig Simpson LW PIT 634 247 250 497 659 67 36 32 68 56
1984 Kirk Muller LW NJ 1161 345 568 913 1151 105 31 32 63 133
1983 Sylvain Turgeon LW HFD 669 269 226 495 691 36 4 7 11 22
1982 Brian Bellows LW MIN 1188 485 537 1022 718 143 51 71 122 143
1981 Doug Smith C LA 535 115 138 253 624 18 4 2 6 21
1980 Dave Babych D WIN 1195 142 581 723 970 114 21 41 62 113
1979 Perry Turnbull C STL 608 188 163 351 1245 34 6 7 13 86
1978 Ryan Walter C WAS 1003 264 382 646 946 113 16 35 51 62
1977 Barry Beck D COL 615 104 251 355 1016 51 10 23 33 77
1976 Blair Chapman RW PIT 402 106 125 231 158 25 4 6 10 15
1975 Barry Dean LW KC 165 25 56 81 146 - - - - -
1974 Wilf Paiement RW KC 946 356 458 814 1757 69 18 17 35 185
1973 Tom Lysiak C ATL 919 292 551 843 567 76 25 38 63 49
1972 Jacques Richard LW ATL 556 160 187 347 307 35 5 5 10 34
1971 Marcel Dionne C DET 1348 731 1040 1771 600 49 21 24 45 17
1970 Dale Tallon D VAN 642 98 238 336 568 33 2 10 12 45
1969 Marc Tardif LW MON 517 194 207 401 443 62 13 15 28 75
Overall Career Statistics
 
Regular Season
Playoffs
     GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
     21447 6511 9262 15773 19316 1759 437 634 1071 1848
* Bold type indicates active player
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