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Canes Bulk Up on Day Two

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 3:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Canes Bulk Up on Day Two
The Carolina Hurricanes added size without compromising skill or ability on the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft.
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PHILADELPHIA -- Adding size was something the Carolina Hurricanes wanted to address heading into the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft, and they were able to accomplish just that.

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Of the five skaters and a goaltender chosen in rounds two through seven, four were at least six feet tall with each of those players pushing at least 180 pounds.

“We thought it went pretty well. We’re pleased with all the players we got,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes head of amateur scouting. “We added some size, which was something that we wanted to address.”

That said, the Canes weren’t willing to skimp on skill or skating or upside just for the sake of getting bigger; the size had to be a component of a well-rounded package.

“We went into it hoping we could get a bit bigger. It was nice when some of the guys came up and I was looking up at them,” said Canes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis. “But we weren’t trying to get bigger by sacrificing talent or ability. We think the guys we got are good players, and we think they can skate, which is important in today’s game. And, by all accounts, they’re very character individuals, which is always important to us when we draft players.”

After no goaltenders were taken off the board in Friday’s first round, four were chosen in the first nine picks on Saturday. Alex Nedeljkovic was one of them, taken 37th overall. The pick landed the Canes the Ontario Hockey League’s goaltender of the year in 2013-14 and helps to shore up the organizational depth in the crease.

“Alex is an athletic goaltender. He’s very quick. He’s very smart, and he understands the game very well,” MacDonald said. “We’re pretty pleased that we’ve added another quality goaltender to our [group].”

In the fourth round, the Canes scooped up a teammate of Nedeljkovic’s: Plymouth defenseman and Raleigh product Josh Wesley. He marks North Carolina’s first homegrown talent to be drafted into the NHL, and he joins the organization that retired his father’s No. 2 in 2009.

“I’m so blessed to have this jersey on right now,” Wesley said with an inerasable smile on his face. “Growing up, this was my favorite team to watch. I had Hurricanes stuff.”

“I interviewed Josh myself in Toronto and found him to be an outstanding young man,” MacDonald said. “He’s a fine man with some good physical tools. He’s growing and developing as a player.”

“He’s just a great kid,” Francis said. “It was neat for us to see a kid come to the table just so excited to be a part of the Carolina Hurricanes.”

Additionally, the Canes added forwards Warren Foegele, Lucas Wallmark and Clark Bishop and defenseman Kyle Jenkins.

Bishop, ranked 48th at midterms and 104th at finals by the NHL’s Central Scouting, was a player the Canes were able to snag later than expected – 127th overall in the fifth round.

“He was a bit of an under-the-radar guy,” MacDonald said. “We had him a lot higher on our list than where we took him.”

“The key point with the Draft is that you have to trust your scouts,” Francis said. “These are the guys that have been on the road and have watched some of these kids for two-plus years. They know them better than anybody.”

Looking to add some size, the Canes did just that with their six picks on the second day of the Draft. And, perhaps most importantly, they didn’t compromise in other areas, as well.

“We didn’t give up anything in terms of skill or potential, and that’s the important part,” MacDonald said. “The players we got that do have size also bring a lot to the table in terms of their ability to play the game.”



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 69 21 28 -11 49
J. Faulk 74 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 73 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 69 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 72 11 20 -11 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 70 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 74 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 46 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 38 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62