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Who's it Gonna Be?

Friday, 06.26.2009 / 9:28 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Who\'s it Gonna Be?
The first round of the draft has almost arrived, with the Canes making their final preparations before stepping up to the podium with the 27th pick in tonight’s first round.

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It’s a tough spot to predict what will happen, as any pick will be conditional on a player making it through 26 previous selections. There’s almost no way of knowing for sure who that will be, which is where the “best available” strategy comes into play.

So, we’re left to guess a little bit as of right now. If he’s available, Landon Ferraro seems to make the most sense to me for a number of reasons.   He’s a skilled player who has existing ties to the organization through his father, former Hartford Whaler Ray Ferraro. Along with that pedigree comes the hockey sense, work ethic and character that the Hurricanes covet. He’s from the WHL, where promising recent choices such as Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter have come from.  He was even a teammate of Sutter’s with Red Deer, so he’s been on the radar for a while.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, based on recent history and trends, is there any reason the Hurricanes wouldn’t draft this guy?

At six feet even and 170 pounds he doesn’t have a lot of size, although he shouldn’t be considered small either. While adding size is a goal for this draft – GM Jim Rutherford said yesterday that the team would like to come away with two bigger players – the team has made it clear that that doesn’t have to be accomplished in the first round, leaving the door open for Ferraro.

Again, it’s hard to project and there are a number of different factors coming into play, but if pressed to make a prediction, he’s it for me.

The first round begins tonight at 7 p.m. on Versus, while we will also have streaming audio available right here on our site. We’ll do you one better tomorrow, as we’ll be carrying live streaming video of Rounds 2-7 (NHL Network’s feed) starting at 10 a.m.

You can also follow the action on our pick-by-pick tracker. While this link is set up to view Carolina’s picks past and present, it can be tinkered with to include all teams, all rounds, all years – you name it. We’ll also have a little recap after each day’s action, with some player video coming in every now and then.

Update: Disregard the Hurricanes' extra pick in the seventh round according to the draft tracker (195th overall), as that pick actually belongs to Chicago.  It is technically a conditional pick from the Craig Adams trade in January of 2008, but the condition would only kick in if the Blackhawks were to sign Adams prior to the draft.  Long story short, it's Chicago's pick.

Another Update: Pick removed from tracker.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81