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Canes Retain Pick No. 7

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 4:00 PM ET / 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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  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