31-in-31: Carolina Hurricanes

Kevin LeBlanc



Welcome to our annual 31-in-31 Summer Series here at DobberProspects! Every day in July we will be bringing you a complete breakdown of a team’s draft, notes from their development camp, and insights into their off-season moves so far. Following this up, the August 31-in-31 Series will dive into every team’s prospect depth charts with fantasy insights and implications for the upcoming seasons. Check in often, because we plan on filling your hockey withdrawal needs all summer long!



Fresh off an improbable run to the Eastern Conference Finals, Carolina came into the draft looking to add to an already impressive prospect system with 10 picks across the two days in Vancouver. They did that and more, ending up with 12 picks, were among the most busy organizations on the trade front. It was a terrific draft overall, where the team took advantage of taking the best players available to them at their draft slots throughout all rounds of the draft.


1st round, 28th overall: Ryan Suzuki, C – Barrie (OHL)                                                            

Carolina was in enviable position sitting at 28, being able to select the best player available on their draft board. When forwards started to fall late in the first round, the Hurricanes were rewarded with a player who skill-wise probably was more of a top-15 talent. In Caronlia’s organizational depth chart the pivot slots in just behind Martin Necas in terms of ceiling, assuming Suzuki’s former junior teammate Andrei Svechnikov’s graduation from prospect status.

Suzuki is a pass-first center who’s vision is among the best in the draft. His ability to find his teammates both in the zone and on the rush is elite, and allows for plenty of high-danger chances.

He will continue to ply his trade in the OHL for the foreseeable future, and likely will be one of the league