Carolina Hurricanes Draft Review, Development Camp

Kevin LeBlanc


Draft Review


After a couple seasons of stockpiling picks and rebuilding their entire prospect pool, Carolina stood pat and selected six players in the 2018 draft. Aided by their luck at the draft lottery, which saw the teams draft position shoot up to second overall, the Hurricanes were in a great place to select a dynamic offensive talent. Overall, the team selected four forwards, one defenseman and one goaltender, adding a few high upside options to their already solid prospect group.


Round 1 (2nd Overall) – Andrei Svechnikov, RW


After securing the second overall pick in the draft, Carolina had the enviable position of Andrei Svechnikov falling into their laps. It was well known that the Russian winger would be the pick, as he had met with management during the process in Raleigh, and had gone far enough to record marketing material with the team prior to the draft.


Svechnikov was the best forward available in the draft, and the prototype for what you would want in goal-scoring winger. He can skate and shoot at an elite level and has the willingness to a play hard-nosed game along the boards and in front of the net. Svechnikov will get plenty of opportunity to play in the NHL early in his career, likely with favorable deployment, as the Canes look to take advantage of his offensive skillset He should fit in nicely for the next handful of years playing alongside Sebastian Aho or Martin Necas in the team’s top six forward group.


Round 2 (42nd Overall) – Jack Drury, C


After hitting the jackpot in talent with their first-round selection, Carolina looked to a safe selection in the second round with NHL legacy Jack Drury. The young pivot is a high character, consistent performer who will continue to develop over the next few seasons at Harvard with an eye on a middle-six future in the NHL. Drury can be a leader from a culture standpoint, and will be able to play in any situation that he is deployed in. He will be a player that head coach Rod Brind’Amour will love, but from a fantasy perspective may have a higher floor then he does a ceiling.


Round 4 (96th Overall) – Luke Henman, C


Simply put, fourth-round selection Luke Henman is a project with good raw skill. At 6’0” and just 150 pounds, the QMJHL center will need to pack on weight over his next few years of development. However, the reward may be worth the risk at this point in the draft as Henman does have good offensive instincts as a playmaker down the middle. He’s not overly physical, but that should improve with added weight, as will his ability to get to the front of the net. Henman’s production numbers in 2018-19 should improve dramatically as he looks to be a point-per-game player in his post draft season. He is one to keep an eye on for the future.


Round 4 (104th Overall) – Lenni Killinen, RW


Continuing the trend of Carolina drafting Finnish players over the last few seasons, the Canes took a chance on Killinen with their second, fourth-round selection. The winger was a point-per-game player in Finland’s U20 league, and did crack the Espoo lineup for ten games in Finland’s second division. Clearly an upside pick, Carolina liked his skating ability and his work rate. Killinen should take a step forward in com