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Canes Retain Pick No. 7

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 4:00 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Canes Retain Pick No. 7
The Hurricanes will select seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.
UPDATE: The Carolina Hurricanes have retained the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

This will be the Hurricanes' second consecutive top 10 draft pick after the Canes selected Elias Lindholm fifth overall last year. The Canes' last seventh overall pick happened just four years ago in 2010, when the team selected Jeff Skinner, who is now a two-time 30-goal scorer.

Though this Draft isn't as stacked with top-end talent as last year's class, the seventh pick should yield a quality prospect. We'll be previewing the team's possible picks in June as the Draft approaches.


It might be a long shot, but there’s a chance.

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For the second year in a row, all non-playoff teams have the opportunity to land the first overall pick in the NHL Draft.

The Carolina Hurricanes, who finished 24th in the league, have a 4.7 percent chance (seventh-best) at scoring the first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, which will be held on June 26 and 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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

  • 1st pick: The Canes win the lottery (4.7 percent chance)
  • 7th pick: Any one of the six teams below the Canes in the standings wins the lottery (83 percent chance)
  • 8th pick: Any one of the seven teams above the Canes in the standings wins the lottery (12.3 percent chance)

The Buffalo Sabres, who finished with the fewest points in the league (52), enter this year’s lottery as the favorite to win, but the balls have bounced in a different direction in the last three years. In 2011, New Jersey, who had just a 3.6 percent chance of winning the lottery, did so to move from the eighth pick to the fourth pick. In 2012, Edmonton leap-frogged Columbus to land the first pick. Last year, the first year in which all non-playoff teams had a shot at the first pick, Colorado hopped over Florida to score the first pick. In four out of the five years prior to this recent stretch, the odds-on favorite won the lottery to retain the first pick.

The Canes have picked in the top 10 five times in the last 11 years, the most recent selection being Elias Lindholm at fifth overall last year in New Jersey. The last time Carolina had the No. 7 overall pick was 2010, and that worked out all right, as the team drafted future Calder Trophy-winning forward Jeff Skinner.

A complete list of lottery odds and history can be found here. The lottery will be broadcast Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. on NBCSN in the United States and TSN in Canada.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45