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Who's it Gonna Be?

Friday, 06.26.2009 / 9:28 AM / 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 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45