Forslund: 2013 NHL Draft is deep
Posted June 26, 2013
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.