Canes take forward Lindholm with No. 5 overall pick
Posted June 30, 2013
With the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft Sunday, the Carolina Hurricanes selected forward Elias Lindholm from Sweden.
Lindholm, a 6-foot, 192-pound center most recently played for Brynas IF where he recorded 30 points in 48 games, including 11 goals. The 18-year-old Lindholm is the son of former Los Angeles Kings player Mikael Lindholm.
“This is a player that is an all-around player, does everything at a high tempo. One of those real puck-pursuit guys with a high skill level," said Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. “He’s already put up good numbers up at a very young age in the men’s league in Sweden and has great character. He is the kind of guy that you can win with and fits our team.”
Lindholm has one year remaining on his contract in Sweden, but said that his goal is to play in the NHL next season.
“His contract in Sweden doesn’t affect what he does with the Hurricanes," Rutherford said. "The only thing it would affect, if he didn’t make the Hurricanes, he couldn’t go to Charlotte to continue his development. He would have to go back to Sweden.”
The Hurricanes traded their second round pick (35 overall) and Jamie McBain to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Andrej Sekera.
The 27-year-old Sekera played in 37 games last year for Buffalo, averaging 21:12 of ice time and is expected slide right in as one of the top four blue liners for the Hurricanes. He has two years left on his contract and brings a cap hit of $2.75 million.
The seven year veteran has 17 career goals and 75 assists.
The trade marked the first ever transaction between the Carolina and Buffalo organizations.
McBain was a the 33rd overall pick for Carolina in 2006 and scored 19 goals with 56 assists in four seasons with the Hurricanes.
Carolina was initially shopping the first-round pick, and were involved in multiple offers for forwards, but nothing matched their needs to move the selection.
“We had teams that were considering defensemen and we didn’t get to that, they went in a different direction," Rutherford said. "We had a couple of really good offers with NHL forwards to move further down in the draft than what we wanted to move."
One of Carolina’s biggest needs lies in defense. The top defenseman in the draft, Seth Jones, fell to No. 4, but was selected a pick ahead of the Canes by Nashville. The next defenseman fell off the board just two selections after the Canes as the Edmonton Oilers picked 6-foot-3 blue-liner Darnell Nurse with No. 7
Carolina turned to defense with their third round pick as they selected Brett Pesce, a 6-foot-2, 170-pounder from New Hampshire. Pesce is just 18 years old and a rising sophomore at UNH, but the Canes will retain his rights once he is done playing collegiately.
The Hurricanes went to the OHL for their final two picks as they took winger Brent Pederson from Kitchener in the fifth round and defenseman Tyler Ganly from Sault Ste. Marie in the sixth.
With the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Colorado Avalanche selected forward Nathan MacKinnon from Halifax. His teammate, Jonathan Drouin was selected No. 3 overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.