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Canes Retain Pick No. 5

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 8:30 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Canes Retain Pick No. 5
UPDATE: The Carolina Hurricanes have retained the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

This will be the Hurricanes' first top five pick since the team selected Jack Johnson third overall in 2005. The Canes' last top 10 pick was in 2010, when the team selected Jeff Skinner seventh overall. The Hurricanes held the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft but traded it to Pittsburgh with Brandon Sutter and Brian Dumoulin in exchange for Jordan Staal.

There is a wealth of top-end talent available for the Canes in the fifth spot. We'll be previewing the team's possible picks in June as the Draft approaches.


For the first time in NHL history, all non-playoff teams will have a chance at securing the first pick in the NHL Draft.

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Finishing 26th in the league, the Carolina Hurricanes have an 8.1 percent chance (fifth-best) at landing the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held on June 30 at Prudential Center in New Jersey.

The following are the potential draft pick scenarios for the Hurricanes:

  • 1st pick: The Canes win the lottery.
  • 5th pick: Any one of the four teams below the Canes in the standings wins the lottery.
  • 6th pick: Any one of the nine teams above the Canes in the standings wins the lottery.

In previous seasons, the winner of the draft lottery was only eligible to advance four spots in the draft order. Since the draft drawing system was introduced in 1995, the team with the worst record has retained the first overall pick six times. Tampa Bay, New York Islanders and Edmonton each preserved their No. 1 pick from 2008 through 2010. In 2011, New Jersey jumped from 8th to 4th, and last year, Edmonton leap-frogged Columbus for the first overall pick.

Since 1997, the Hurricanes have picked in the top five three times – in three consecutive seasons and once by virtue of trade. The Canes picked Eric Staal second overall in 2003, Andrew Ladd fourth overall (from Columbus) in 2004 and Jack Johnson third overall in 2005. The team’s most recent top-10 selection came in 2010 when the Canes drafted Jeff Skinner.

A complete list of lottery odds and history can be found here. The lottery will be broadcast Monday at 8 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN in Canada.



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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
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J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
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