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Hurricanes Wrap Up Activity at 2013 NHL Draft

Carolina selects Lindholm with fifth overall pick; Trade for Sekera

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 10:50 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Hurricanes Wrap Up Activity at 2013 NHL Draft
RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today selected four players and acquired veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera (AWN-dray seh-KAIR-ah) via trade from Buffalo at the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

The Hurricanes opened the day by using the fifth overall pick to select center Elias Lindholm from Brynas of the Swedish Elite League. In 48 games during the 2012-13 season, the 18-year-old scored 11 goals and earned 19 assists (30 points) to rank third on the team in scoring despite being the youngest player on its roster. Lindholm (6’0”, 181 lbs.) was a finalist for Swedish Elite League rookie of the year after leading all junior-aged players in scoring. He represented Sweden and captured the silver medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship in January. In 2012, he was a member of Sweden’s silver-medal-winning team at the IIHF World U18 Championship.

Carolina was slated to pick fifth in the draft’s second round, but opted to trade the 35th overall pick and defenseman Jamie McBain to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Sekera. The 27-year-old Slovakian defenseman completed his seventh NHL season with Buffalo in 2012-13, and ranked third among Sabres defenseman in average ice time per game (21:12) and blocked shots (73).

In the third round, the Hurricanes used the 66th overall pick in the draft to select University of New Hampshire defenseman Brett Pesce (BRHET PEH-shee). Pesce, 18, finished his freshman season with the Wildcats in 2012-13, scoring one goal and earning five assists, while playing in 38 of the team’s 39 games. Prior to beginning his collegiate career, the Tarrytown, NY, native played two seasons with the North Jersey Avalanche where he totaled 40 points in 52 games. Pesce (6’3”, 190 lbs.) also skated one season with the Jersey Hitmen of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, and scored one goal and earned five assists (6 points) in 17 games. He represented the United States at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and played with the U.S. National Development Team during the 2011-12 holiday break.

Without a fourth-round pick, Carolina used its fifth-round (126th overall) pick to select left wing Brent Pedersen from the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The Kitchener, Ont., native finished the 2012-13 regular season with 14 goals and 16 assists (30 points), and his plus-11 plus/minus rating ranked third among Rangers forwards. In two seasons of major-junior hockey, Pedersen (6’2”, 205 lbs.) has scored 23 goals and earned 21 assists (44 points) in 132 regular-season games. He has been a teammate of Carolina’s 2011 first-round (12th overall) draft pick, defenseman Ryan Murphy for the past two seasons.

The Hurricanes rounded out their 2013 draft class by selecting defenseman Tyler Ganly in the sixth round (156th overall). The Milton, Ont., native played his first season of major-junior hockey in 2012-13 and earned 17 assists in 62 games with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Ganly (6’2”, 201 lbs.) finished the season ranked third among team defensemen with 64 penalty minutes and fourth among team blueliners in assists and points (17).

A complete list of players selected by Carolina during the 2013 NHL Draft is below.

PICK NOTES
ROUND 1
5, 1-5 Elias Lindholm (C), Sweden
ROUND 2
35, 2-5 Traded with Jamie McBain to the Buffalo Sabres for Andrej Sekera
ROUND 3
66, 3-5 Brett Pesce (D), New Hampshire
ROUND 4
None: Traded Anthony Stewart, 2013 fourth-round pick and 2014 sixth-round pick to Los Angeles Kings for Kevin Westgarth on Jan. 13, 2013
ROUND 5
126, 5-5 Brent Pedersen (LW), Kitchener
ROUND 6
156, 6-5 Tyler Ganly (D), Sault Ste. Marie
ROUND 7
None: Traded Adam Hall and 2013 seventh-round pick to Tampa Bay Lightning for Marc-Andre Bergeron on April 2, 2013

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72