Canes address needs on second day of draft

calexander@newsobserver.comJune 24, 2012 

— After upstaging the first day of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft with a blockbuster trade for Jordan Staal, the Carolina Hurricanes got down to business Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

The Canes gave up their first-round draft pick Friday as part of their deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins to obtain Staal. But they had nine picks in the final six rounds and used them to select five forwards, two defensemen and two goalies.

The Canes’ first selection of the 2012 draft was the 38th overall pick. Carolina chose Phillip Di Giuseppe, a forward at the University of Michigan. Later, the Canes took two goaltenders in a draft for the first time since 2004.

“I think overall we got a pretty good mix,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes’ director of amateur scouting. “We got two good goaltenders and addressed the need there with our future goaltending. We’ve got some speed, we’ve got some skill at our forwards.”

Here’s a look at the Canes’ draft choices by round and overall pick:

Second round

38: Phillip Di Giuseppe, forward, 6-0, 197 pounds, University of Michigan.

The Toronto native played as a true freshman for the Wolverines. MacDonald said his speed and shot are his two biggest assets.

47: Brock McGinn, forward, 5-11, 174, Guelph, OHL.

The younger brother of Jamie McGinn of the Colorado Avalanche, he missed two months with a wrist injury last season.

Third round

69: Daniel Altshuller, goalie, 6-3, 191, Oshawa, OHL

The Ottawa native, 17, had a strong finish to his first season of major junior hockey with the Generals.

Fourth round

99: Erik Karlsson, forward, 6-0, 161, Frolunda, Sweden

Not to be confused with defenseman Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, he played in the Swedish junior league last year.

115: Trevor Carrick, defenseman, 6-1, 171, Mississauga St. Michael’s, OHL

Finished his first OHL season with six goals, 13 assists and 64 penalty minutes in 68 games for the Majors.

120: Jaccob Slavin, defenseman, 6-1, 170, Chicago, USHL.

Committed to Colorado College, the Denver native had three goals, 27 assists in 60 games for the Steel.

Fifth round

129: Brendan Woods, forward, 6-2, 190, University of Wisconsin.

Completed first collegiate season after two years in USHL. Had 67 penalty minutes in 34 games for Badgers.

Sixth round

159: Collin Olson, goalie, 6-4, 197, US National Team Development Program.

Headed to Ohio State, he starred as the U.S. won gold in the 2012 Under-18 World Championship in April, going 5-0.

Seventh round

189: Brendan Collier, forward, 5-9, 168, Malden (Mass.) Catholic High

MacDonald said he “competes like a bulldog.” Team won Massachusetts Division 1A title last season. Going to Boston University.

Guide: Ontario Hockey League (OHL), U.S. Hockey League (USHL).

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