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. Canes vs. Devils Maniscalco: Canes fans may have to wait to see top pick 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.


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  • wlcat609 Jul 2, 2013

    What really has the Canes in a bind from a 'cap' standpoint happened a few years ago - when the current GM got all excited and gave certain players HUGE and long term contracts (won't mention any names but you probably know who they are) and a few more large contracts lately. Those that have the big contracts aren't really doing the job they are paid for. Now the contracts are in place and there is NO WAY that they can be reworked (read given less money) for 'poor performance'. While the long term thing was good to keep the players happy (they get their money whether the team wins or loses), the lack of cap money and the tight purse strings of the past have now come back to hamper putting a better quality, more talented product on the ice. My hockey viewing will be on the NBC Sports Channel and the NHL Network for the 2013-14 season.

  • StunGunn Jul 1, 2013

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    The Canes wouldn't have had to trade UP to get Nurse - he was available at the 5th pick. That's what's so frustrating about this.

    Edits - as usual - made some great points. I agree about the talent, and I'm hoping that for the FIRST time, Muller will get a full season coaching these guys. I like Muller and I think he can bring out the best in this team - he just needs the opportunity to have a full season with the boys.

  • n4dxa Jul 1, 2013

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    So what do you say we bring Boularice out of retirement, he was a tough guy.

  • ktstcanes Jul 1, 2013

    So, I decided to go to capgeek and do some numbers crunching. There really ain't a lot of money left to play with for the Canes.

    Right now we stand as follows:

    Cap is: 64.3 million

    Present salaries: 57.9 million

    Cap space: 6.4 Million

    If you go to the reserve list on capgeek, you can add the actual salaries that are paid to the players instead of what is included against the cap. That total is approximately 2.8 million more than the cap hit.

    So in all actuality, the Canes payroll for this year is 60.7 million dollars for the players they have signed. Not a lot of monies to work with really. The free agent signings will be very slim.............

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 1, 2013

    This young guy sounds like he can come in and contribute early.

  • Jimmytwotimes Jul 1, 2013

    They know what they were doing, they will build the defense with trades and free agency. doesn't hurt to have a talented young scorer coming up in next couple years. Other than Seth Jones none of the d men would have helped us out next year. And by the way, our offense was horrible last year too, "D" is not the only thing that needs to be fixed. Eric Staal, Tlusty, and Semin are not enough to win games obviously. Also, for all you JR haters, this decision was pretty much lead by Ron Francis.

  • Sandbar33 Jul 1, 2013

    Every Canes fan would love to see an awesome offense coupled with a great defense. In a small market you aren't gonna get both. We have a very good offense that should continue to gel and get better and we have a great goaltender who when healthy can overcome "some" of the problems of a lousy defense. Sekara is a solid pickup for us for the very reason this trade was made with Buffalo. We needed a solid backliner not a backline puck mover like McBain. Buffalo gets what they expected in McBain but didn't get out of Sekara and vice versa. At the very least it's one step closer to what we need on defense.......On top of that if Jones is a can't miss/help you next year defensemen why did he drop to 4th and why didn't anybody else trade up to get him either?

  • wlcat609 Jul 1, 2013

    Hopefully Lindholm will score if and when he makes the Canes...heaven knows the Canes NEED scorers (i.e., not just skaters!).

    What I don't get is the Canes make a trade for a defenseman from BUFFALO who in recent seasons has also had a SORRY defense...???? Cam REALLY NEEDS some HELP in front of him...need to trade/free agent departures for Pitk and Oh, No Joe!

  • ktstcanes Jul 1, 2013

    I also was wishing for Nurse or the Russian. Just read this on NBC Sports.

    "There is nothing not to like about Lindholm's game. He's a center who can do a little bit of everything well in all three zones. Even though he only had 11 goals and 19 assists this season, he is a talented and passionate player with a tremendous work ethic and an extraordinary hockey IQ. The center has hands, stickhandling and passing skills that are advanced for his age. Even though he's not the biggest guy, he's strong for his size and finishes his hits. Lindholm is a tenacious, quick player who excels in creating turnovers and generating offense in transition. He's also a great faceoff man. Lindholm might never be a top-line center, but he's responsible and has the ingredients to be a future NHL captain. Carolina was shopping this pick heavily, but they ended up using it on a player who should turn into talented forward."

    Not a bad pick. We now have 4 legit centers. Just need a goon and more bruising defencemen.

  • edits Jul 1, 2013

    Wow, such negativity and bitterness. For a D-man to have an immediate impact he needs EXPERIENCE. Defense is one the hardest positions in hockey to learn to play and be an impat player, takes longer for a D man to mature into the role. With Joni back and healthy and the good riddance to McBain and addition of Sekera, along with Harry, Gleason and possibly a call up from last year that may make the roster this year, our D doen't look too bad, they just need to be more physical (and will HAVE to be in the new division). The pick for Lindholm was a good pick because it gives the Canes a solid third line center. There is a TON of talent on this team it just needs to be utilized correctly and I think once Muller has a full training camp we will see a much improved team over what we saw the half season he coached after Maurice was let go for a second time and the shortened season of last year. Also remember that the team needs depth, players that don't make opening day roster but can some in a seamlessly pick up were another left off. That is what the AHL is for, development and depth. Have a nice day everyone!




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