Canes take defenseman Josh Wesley, Glen Wesley’s son, in fourth round of draft

Posted by Chip Alexander on June 28, 2014 


RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 17: Glen Wesley #2 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates during his jersey retirement with his sons Josh (L) and Matthew before facing the Boston Bruins on February 17, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Josh Wesley;Glen Wesley;Matthew Wesley

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    Canes at the draft

    The Carolina Hurricanes had six selections Saturday on the second day of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft:

    Second round (No. 37 overall)

    Alex Nedeljkovic, G, 6-0, 190, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

    Backstopped U.S. to gold in 2014 World Under-18s. Highest drafted goalie by Canes since Cam Ward in 2002.

    Third round (No. 67)

    Warren Foegele, LW, 6-1, 183, St. Andrews College (Aurora, Ont.)

    Had 58 goals and 49 assists in 52 games last season. Committed to play college hockey for New Hampshire.

    Fourth round (No. 96)

    Josh Wesley, D, 6-2, 194, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

    The son of former Canes defenseman Glen Wesley, Josh is first from Junior Hurricanes program to be NHL draftee.

    Fourth round (No. 97)

    Lucas Wallmark, RW, 6-0, 176, Lulea (Sweden)

    A good two-way player, he joined Canes forward Elias Lindholm on Sweden's World Junior team this year in Sweden.

    Fifth round (No. 127)

    Clark Bishop, C, 6-0, 182, Cape Breton (QMJHL)

    A gritty player, he had 14 goals, 19 assists and 54 penalty minutes in 56 games for Cape Breton.

    Sixth round (no pick)

    Seventh round (No. 187)

    Kyle Jenkins, D, 6-0, 170, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

    Needs to add strength, but he's quick on his skates. Was D partner with Canes prospect Tyler Ganly two years ago.

The Carolina Hurricanes have drafted defenseman Josh Wesley, the son of former Canes defenseman Glen Wesley.

The Canes made Wesley a fourth-round pick, No. 96 overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

“I’m on cloud nine,” Josh Wesley said. “When my name got called it was like a weight off my shoulders. I’m really speechless.”

Wesley played this past season for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. His coach, Mike Vellucci, now is an assistant general manager for the Hurricanes.

Raised in Raleigh while his father played for the Canes, Josh Wesley was a part of the Jr. Hurricanes program. At 16, he attended the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., but said he was proud to be the first from the Jr. Hurricanes to be drafted in the NHL.

“It’s really an honor to be the first,” Wesley said. “Hopefully there will be a lot more.”

Wesley said his father was sitting next to him in the stands at Wells Fargo Center along with his family when his name was called.

Of following his father, whose jersey has been retired by the Canes, in the organization, Josh said, “There will be some pressure but I’m my own guy. “

The Hurricanes selected defenseman Haydn Fleury of the Red Deer Rebels with their first-round pick Friday. On Saturday, as the draft resumed in Philadelphia, Carolina took goalie Alex Nedeljkovic in the second round (No. 37) and winger Warren Foegele in the third round.

“Talking to the scouts everyone seems very pleased with the way the draft went for us,” general manager Ron Francis said. “We added some size, we got some guys who can skate.”

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