After the disappointment of missing the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes possess the 12th selection in the draft. There are still a number of talented players on the board, but a majority of the prospects will take some time to develop and immediate impact should not be expected.
Selecting on behalf of the Hurricanes is Kristina, Editor of Cardiac Cane.
“Caniac Nation will be thrilled to know the Carolina Hurricanes have selected Finland’s Joel Armia.”
Jared’s Analysis – Armia is a tall (6’3″) winger who will eventually play at 210-220 lbs. As the Canes are slim down the right side, Armia is just what the doctor ordered. The Canes probably thought that he would be gone by this point but must be thanking their lucky stars that he was still there.
Kristina from Cardiac Cane made the following comments regarding Armia:
Armia will mesh well with the young Raleigh team. The Carolina NHL organization has proved to be successful cultivating young players. The Finnish right winger turns 18 years old on May 31st. It’s perfect…Jeff Skinner will have someone to play in the sandbox with him!
Gaining this pick completes the checklist:
ü Physical forward that can aid the defensemen
ü Playmate for Skinner and upcoming Checkers boys
ü Maintain Finn balance
I encourage fans and followers of the Canes to check out further information on this pick at Cardiac Cane.
Here are the Mock Draft results so far (click on the team name to go to the post about that pick):
|4||NEW JERSEY||Jonathan Huberdeau|
|5||NY ISLANDERS||Sean Couturier|
|9||BOSTON (FR TOR)||Duncan Siemens|
HAVE YOUR SAY
Now on the clock for the #13 selection, on behalf of the Calgary Flames, is Flame For Thought.
PREVIEWING THE FLAMES
2010-2011 Record: 41-29-12 (17th Overall)
Goals for: 7th
Goals Against: 19th
Power Play: 8th
Penalty Kill: 21th
TOP 5 Prospects in the system: Tim Erixon (D), Greg Nemisz (RW), Mitch Wahl (C), TJ Brodie (D), Ryan Howse (LW)
NEEDS: The Flames barely missed the playoffs this season, and they are not in dire need in any particular area. Overall depth that can increase future potential is what they are in the hunt for. They do not need to draft for position, but should take the best player available. It is getting to the point that Mika Zibanejad is going to be a steal for whomever takes the chance on him. The 6th ranked player is still on the board at 13, and he won’t be around much longer.
TOP 5 PLAYERS ON THE BOARD (per ISS):
1. Mika Zibanejad, C, Djurgarden (SWE ELITE)
2. Oscar Klefbom, D, Farjestad (SWE ELITE)
3. Nathan Beaulieu, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
4. Rocco Grimaldi, C, USA Under-18 (USHL)
5. JT Miller, LW, USA Under-18 (USHL)
Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE tomorrow evening to see who “Flame For Thought” chooses to take for the Calgary Flames, as the Fansided mock draft continues!