July 8, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Carolina Hurricanes in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2015 NHL Draft
|5||5||HANIFIN, Noah||LD||1/25/1997||6.02.75||203||Boston College||H.E.|
|NA||138||SMALLMAN, Spencer||RW||9/9/1996||6.00.5||184||Saint John||QMJHL|
|133||156||MASSIE, Jake||LD||1/21/1997||6.05||172||Kimball Union Academy||NEDI|
|142||169||COTTON, David||C||7/9/1997||6.02.25||200||Cushing Academy||NEDI|
ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Carolina Hurricanes in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Noah Hanifin (ISS Ranked # 5 in 2015, Overall drafted # 5 in 2015 NHL Draft) – ISS #1 defenseman has the hands, feet, head, and intangibles that make him a potential corner piece on the back end for the Canes. Great first step. Creates separation with acceleration and uses the time and space to make plays.
Haydn Fleury (ISS Ranked # 12 in 2014, Overall drafted # 7 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Puck moving d-men enjoyed fine season with Red Deer and ended the season playing in the AHL. Very coachable and constantly striving to improve his defensive game.
Elias Lindholm (ISS Ranked # 7 in 2013, Overall drafted # 5 in 2013 NHL Draft) – The Canes had high hopes for Lindholm after drafting him 5th overall, and have to be pleased with his development. During 2013/14 he 21 pts in 58 games, last year his production jumped to 39 pts in 81 games including 17 goals.
Justin Faulk (ISS Ranked # 67 in 2010, Overall drafted # 37 in 2010 NHL Draft) – An absolute 2nd round steal for the Canes in 2010. Faulk has quickly developed into one of the best young d-men in the NHL and along with Hanifin provide the Canes with an excellent 1/2 punch from the blueline.
BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:
Victor Rask (ISS Ranked # 26 in 2011, Overall drafted # 42 in 2011 NHL Draft) – Very highly skilled technical player who has shown very good improvement as a complete player. Another 2nd round steal who is already contributing at the NHL level.
“Already building from the blueline out, GM Ron Francis couldn’t have been more happy to see Hanifin slip to them 5th overall. The smooth skating Hanifin along with Faulk, Fleury, McKeown and Murphy give the Canes one of the best young crop of D-men in the league. Carolina bolstered their depth between the pipes when they selected Callum Booth in the 4th round (97th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The Canes got good value on nearly all of their picks, really improved their prospect depth at all positions”.
– Dennis MacInnis, ISS Director of Scouting
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