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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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60