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Here's a guide to the Hurricanes' 2018 draft picks

Andrei Svechnikov, center, of Russia, poses after being selected by the Carolina Hurricanes during the NHL hockey draft in Dallas, Friday, June 22, 2018.
Andrei Svechnikov, center, of Russia, poses after being selected by the Carolina Hurricanes during the NHL hockey draft in Dallas, Friday, June 22, 2018. AP

The Carolina Hurricanes took five players on the second day of the NHL draft to go with Friday night's selection of Andrei Svechnikov with the second overall pick.

FIRST ROUND, SECOND OVERALL

Andrei Svechnikov

RW, 18, 6-3, 184

Barnaul, Russia/Barrie Colts (Ontario Hockey League)

TSN draft ranking: 2

Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell: “We think he's ready (for the NHL). We'll give him a shot. We'll bring him into development camp and then to start the season, we'll give him a shot. We'll see where he plays. If he's ready to play, there's no reason why we wouldn't play him.”

SECOND ROUND, 42ND OVERALL

Jack Drury

C, 18, 5-11, 175

Winnetka, Ill./Waterloo (United States Hockey League)

TSN draft ranking: 65

Hurricanes chief scout Tony MacDonald: “He's a tremendous young man, a great person, a good player. He's a gritty, smart kid. He understands the game well. You know, there's bloodlines there (father Ted and uncle Chris, both NHLers). There's some hockey in this kid. He's a natural leader. He's been in a leadership role in some of the teams that he's been with and he's the kind of a player, it's going to be a couple of years anyway before he's ready to play in the NHL but we think he's on a good track. Physically he needs to get a little bigger and stronger but he knows how to train, how to prepare.”

FOURTH ROUND, 96TH OVERALL

Luke Henman

C, 18, 6-0, 150

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia/Blainville-Boisbriand (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)

MacDonald: “Very smart. Tenacious. Plays well with and without the puck. He was a go-to guy for them as a young player. … He's a lightweight at this point in time. He's not a big man. Hopefully he'll fill in, in time, and get bigger and stronger. He's tall enough, he's just a skinnny light kid who needs to add some mass. Tremendous competitor. That was the big thing about him. Very gritty kid, great competitor, very smart player. Makes players around him better.”

FOURTH ROUND, 104TH OVERALL

Lenni Killinen

RW, 18, 6-2, 181

Espoo, Finland/Assat (Finland)

MacDonald: “Interesting kid. He's a hard-working kid, hard guy to play against. Plays a pretty complete game, a little bit like Andrei in that sense. Good skater, Decent size, another guy that's going to get stronger going forward and get bigger but we think that the upside there is significant. He's an important player for their team.”

SIXTH ROUND, 166TH OVERALL

Jesper Sellgren

D, 20, 5-11, 170

Ornskoldsvik, Sweden/Lulea (Sweden)

MacDonald: “He was a pretty good player on their World Junior team. A puck-moving defenseman, a guy that fits today's style of game. He's skilled, he's quick, he can go back and get the puck, make the first pass, give and go through the neutral zone. A pretty good player on the power play. Smart. He can distribute the puck. He's not a real big guy, but he's big enough by today's standards – the kind of defenseman that fits today's game.”

SEVENTH ROUND, 197TH OVERALL

Jacob Kucharski

G, 18, 6-4, 216

Erie, Pa./Des Moines (USHL)

MacDonald: “Plenty of size. Big man. Probably would say that he should have had a better year in Des Moines, think he came in under the (.900 save percentage). But he's got tremendous upside. Our goalie guys liked him a lot. His competitiveness. They liked that he's a big man and he can develop. He's quick. I think he's looking at Providence in two years' time. If he stays on that track, he's got some time.”

SEVENTH ROUND, 216TH OVERALL

Traded to New York Rangers for a seventh-round pick in 2019

Sports columnist Luke DeCock: 919-829-8947, ldecock@newsobserver.com, @LukeDeCock

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