Forslund: 2013 NHL Draft is deep

Posted June 26, 2013

FILE: Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck during the Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Raleigh, NC.

The Carolina Hurricanes have the 5th overall pick Sunday in the 2013 NHL Draft (3 p.m. NBC Sports Network). John Forslund, the television play-by-play announcer for the Hurricanes, believes this year’s draft is comparable to the 2003 NHL Draft that included superstars Eric Staal, Dion Phaneuf, Zach Parise, Corey Perry and Shea Weber to name a few. That draft produced 21 all-stars in the first two rounds.

“The draft is excellent and most people are comparing it to 2003,” Forslund said while joining Mike and Mark on The World’s Strongest Morning Show Wednesday on 620 AM The Buzz. “With the 5th pick, it’s an excellent place to be for the Hurricanes.”

General Manager Jim Rutherford has been actively searching for a top-4 defenseman and has made it an offseason priority. “If the 5th pick is the type of player everybody says it’s supposed to be, take the younger player,” said Forslund.

Forslund said the Hurricanes should not deal their draft pick unless it brings in a premier defenseman. “Maybe it’s a deal where they move back a couple of spots because it’s a deep selection process here through the first dozen,” Forslund said.

He also suggested moving up to draft the best available prospect, six-foot-four defenseman Seth Jones.

The Colorado Avalanche, with the 1st overall pick, have indicated they plan to draft forward Nathan MacKinnon over Jones.

“Jones is a franchise defenseman,” said Forslund. “He’s got size, presence, and he can be a heck of a player for a long time. Whoever gets Seth Jones is going to have a great time with him over the years.”

Draft experts have consistently projected the Hurricanes to pick either 17-year-old Finnish center Aleksander Barkov or 18-year-old Russian left wing Valeri Nichushkin.


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  • StunGunn Jun 26, 2013

    Hope they go with Jones - they really need a good D-man.

  • caniacman Jun 26, 2013

    I really would be shocked if Jones falls all the way to 5 and with how deep the top end of this draft is do not see them moving up to get him. Nischikin or however it spelled seems to be the clubhouse leader if the Canes keep the pick. I have heard a few sources saying their may be a deal there to move down a few spots and get a top 4 D. Of course so many teams are throwing out so much we will just have to wait and see. I like Nischikin myself because if we move Skinner to 3rd line center we are set there and having a wing makes more sense.
    Draft day will be fun here for sure because with our cap I do not see us being a big player in free agency on July 5th.

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  • Wags Jun 26, 2013

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    Yeah...there's a story on Wimbleton that you would probably be interested in. Or maybe there's a good story on shuffleboard.

  • wlcat609 Jun 26, 2013

    If the Canes really do select a D-man, I sure hope it ISN'T the 'puck moving' kind - Canes have enough of them and while they are skilled at moving the puck, they just don't DEFEND worth a 'D---'. Hope he gets Cam some REAL help!!!!!

  • firefly27616 Jun 26, 2013

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    Never fails...some clown caught reading a hockey story and then whining about how boring hockey is...which always poses the million dollar question...why is the clown in here to begin with???

  • kheffn Jun 26, 2013

    No way Jones is there at 5. They should pick Darnell Nurse.

  • juniorsk831 Jun 26, 2013

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    why are you even following the Canes if you have so little interest in the draft?

  • StunGunn Jun 26, 2013

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    Cam deserves some help. Other teams don't leave their goalie out to dry the way the Canes did with Cam.

  • kheffn Jun 26, 2013

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    That's why they need to draft Nurse. It's possible they could trade for a defenseman before the draft,but if they don't, they need to draft Nurse; not a forward or another "offensive minded defenseman."




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