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.”