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Tracking the Storm

Canes Bulk Up on Day Two

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 3:00 PM / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
3 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 43 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 48 10 19 -13 29
E. Lindholm 48 9 11 -12 20
R. Nash 48 7 13 -4 20
J. Tlusty 41 12 7 -12 19
J. Skinner 43 10 9 -8 19
N. Gerbe 44 5 13 -4 18
V. Rask 48 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 46 1 14 -6 15
J. McClement 48 1 9 -2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 11 17 4 .914 2.37
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .914 2.41