The Carolina Hurricanes once had 11 picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, which begins Friday, June 23, 2017 in Chicago. They now have eight after a few trades by general manager Ron Francis, who may have other moves in mind.
The Vegas Golden Knights selected forward Connor Brickley, who played last season for the Charlotte Checkers, the Carolina Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate. In return, the Canes gave Vegas a 2017 fifth-round draft pick.
The 2012 NHL Draft is remembered for the blockbuster trade that sent Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes. But the Canes made a fourth-round pick at the draft that was little noticed but had a big impact.
Mike Bales, the goaltending coach as the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup the past two seasons, now wants to help take the Carolina Hurricanes “to the next level.” With the Canes, he also will be reunited with goalie Scott Darling.
Defenseman Ron Hainsey began the 2016-17 season with the Carolina Hurricanes and ended it holding up the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After Pens captain Sidney Crosby, Hainsey was the first to get his hands on the Cup.
LJ Scarpace will come to Raleigh to join the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL after 12 years on the staff at Michigan, where he was the Wolverines’ video coordinator and then director of player development. Rod Brind’Amour and Steve Smith will remain on staff.