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Even though the 2021-22 season ended on a disappointment for the Hurricanes, it was still a step forward for the organization. They had a fairly reliable goalkeeper from new addition Frederik Andersen, while former goalkeeper Petr Mrazek struggled to play to the standards of a contending team. While moving on from Mrazek last season in the goalie trade with Toronto now seems like a no-brainer, having Andersen healthy in the 2022-23 playoffs will be a top priority for the Hurricanes squad.
The management team wasted no time this offseason. Despite losing valuable players Nino Niederreiter, Anthony DeAngelo and Vincent Trochek to free agency, the team’s additions fully make up for the losses. First of all, bringing in Brent Burns is a massive addition to the team. While Burns didn’t originally have the Hurricanes on his list of teams he would approve a trade to, he decided to waive his clause to come to the team. He is expected to start the first pairing with defender Jaccob Slavin. Even with Burns’ production downturn in recent years, Slavin and Burns are bound to be one of the best pairings in the league.
Burns isn’t the only high profile name the Hurricanes have acquired this offseason. Due to many teams running out of cap space and the Hurricanes having room, the team was able to bring in Max Pacioretty without giving up any assets. Pacioretty will be a huge boost to the team’s attacking group and make up for losses to Niederreiter and Trocheck. Bringing in a high-caliber player like Pacioretty without giving up any assets could prove to be one of the best moves this offseason. One thing to watch is Martin Necas. Currently, he’s out of contract and we’ll have to see what the plans are for the player. Even with Necas in the line-up, it looks like there are still a spot or two on the open attacking list to fight for. This may be an opportunity for Hurricanes system hopefuls to have a chance in the NHL, especially with injuries. This offseason looks to be one of the most impressive offseasons so far in recent Hurricanes history, as it was all capped off with an impressive performance in the NHL Draft.
The Carolina Hurricanes’ 2022 NHL Draft was a masterclass in drafting.
High value at almost every choice.
They came away with significant strength and didn’t even have a 1st round pick.
An almost perfect draft.
— Byron Bader (@ByronMBader) July 22, 2022
For the second year in a row, the Hurricanes had no picks on Day 1 of the NHL Draft. That hasn’t stopped them from making great value additions to each of their available picks. Their selections have some potential and we’ll detail them below.
Second round, 60th overall – Gleb Trikozov, RW
This pick has been getting Canes fans excited since the moment it was announced and seems to be getting better with each passing week. Many hockey analysts had expected Trikozov to make it to the first round, with some outlets even ranking him 8th. The main speculation as to why Trikozov fell to 60th place is due to unrest in Russia, but whatever the reason, catching a player of that level at the end of the second round feels like stealing.
The Russian winger is a gifted skater with a strong attacking awareness. While his shooting is one of the most impressive attributes, his eye for the game also helps him make great passes.
Third round, 71st overall – Alexander Perevalov, LW
Similar to Trikozov, Alexander Perevalov probably should have gone well past 71st overall, with most outlets ranking him in round two if not late in round one. Perevalov is another offensive-minded winger with strong puck skills. He spent the majority of his season playing in the MHL for Loko Yaroslavl, recording 50 points in 42 games. Although he had a slower end to the season, the winger’s draft 71st overall looks like another solid pick.
Alexander Perevalov with a fun puck control streak in the neutral zone (from Jan. 24). His stick gets tangled. Manages to keep the puck away from the attack. Later, he manipulates a second assailant. Shifts his weight to really manipulate the attacker.#2022LNHDraft pic.twitter.com/t3uQq2d7DX
— Josh Tessler 🇺🇦 (@JoshTessler_) February 22, 2022
Round four, 101st overall – Simon Forsmark, LD
The Hurricanes opted to draft Simon Forsmark with the pick acquired as part of the return package for Tony DeAngelo. The puck-moving defenseman has shown a lot of promise at the J20 level, but has yet to show strong offensive results at the SHL level. Forsmark showed promise with his passing, particularly excelling in assists. Expect him to step up offensively and off the puck next season.
Round four, 124th overall – Cruz Lucius, RW
Cruz Lucius is a versatile striker with several elements in his game. Although his game stands out, don’t overlook his shooting as he has also proven to be a threat. He spent much of last season with an undisclosed injury, which likely contributed to the fourth round crash. If the undisclosed injury is a thing of the past, we’ll likely see Lucius take another step forward as he’s about to start his college career next season.
Round five, 156th overall – Vladimir Grudinin, LD
Grudinin is the third Russian player the Hurricanes have drafted many places below his projection, as many media outlets predicted the mobile defender would be selected in the second round, with a few analysts even believing he would be worth a first-round pick. The Russian defender is another attacking defender similar to the style of play that seems to be taking hold in the professional leagues these days. While his time in the VHL wasn’t as productive, his time in the MHL showed more of his skill, which translated to 13 points in 18 games. Grudinin is a fast defender with skillful skating and, with some added strength, his offensive skills will make him a valuable part of the Hurricanes’ prospect pool.
Round Six, 171st Overall – Jakub Vondras, G
Vondras is a decent sized keeper. After not playing for most of the 2020-21 season, Vondras put up solid numbers in the Czechia U20 2 system, winning 16 of the 18 games he played. He then switched to the Czechia U20 system and although his stats dropped slightly in the regular season, his playoff performances were far superior, winning 10 of the 16 games he played, while posting a .935 save percentage. . Expect the athletic keeper to take another step forward this year away.
Round seven, 205th overall – Alexander Pelevin, LD
The Hurricanes opted to use their seventh-round pick on stoppage defenseman Alexander Pelevin. He was one of the best blue line defensemen in the MHL, but he has plenty of room for offensive growth. Pelevin isn’t afraid to throw the body as seen below but was unruly with his stick and body positioning which earned him 61 penalty minutes in 29 games this season.
Looking at Alexander Pelevin for a Canes Country profile I came across this gem of a hit. He takes the striker completely out of the game and does so without getting out of position too much. pic.twitter.com/7cOcXwR42O
— Matthew Somma (@Mattsomma12) June 15, 2022
Pelevin is not just a defensive back. Although this is the best attribute of his game, he is also a good skater. His mobility leaves him hopeful of stepping forward in the attacking aspects of his game as he shows bursts of speed as seen below. Pelevin is a perfect way to wrap up an impressive draft from the Hurricanes’ front office.
The Hurricanes entered the offseason knowing they probably couldn’t keep Trocheck, and might even lose Neiderreiter too. Thanks to a few key trades, the team was able to avoid getting worse on paper and look even stronger on paper. Although the team has made quite a few deep and AHL-level signings, there still seems to be room for hopes to fight for a spot in the roster, which will make training camp quite exciting this year.
Main list: Brent Burns (trade), Lane Pederson (trade), Dylan Coghlan (trade), Max Pacioretty (trade), Ondřej Kaše (signature)
System: Ivan Lodnia (signature), David Farrance (signature), Cale Morris (signature), Eric Cooley (signature), Josh Melnick (signature), Joseph LaBate (signature), Zach Sawchenko (signature), MacKenzie MacEachern (signature), Malte Stromwall (signing), Ryan Dzingel (signing), William Lagesson (signing)
Resigned: Stefan Noesen (2 years), Ethan Bear (1 year)
Outgoing: Tony DeAngelo (transferred to Philadelphia), Steven Lorentz (transferred to San Jose), Eetu Makiniemi (transferred to San Jose), Jack LaFontaine (UFA), Nino Niederreiter (UFA), Beck Warm (UFA), Andrew Poturalski (UFA), Josh Leivo (UFA), Josh Jacobs (UFA), Spencer Smallman (UFA), Alex Lyon (UFA), Max Domi (UFA), Ian Cole (UFA), Brendan Smith (UFA), Vincent Trocheck (UFA)
The Hurricanes held their annual development camp July 11-14 this year. It was a great showcase of the depth of the Hurricanes system. With a mix of players drafted by the organization and a few guests, the camp held plenty of drills and scrums. Among the invitees so far, the only player to sign with the Hurricanes is right-winger Eric Cooley, brother of Logan who was drafted third overall by the Coyotes just a few weeks ago.
As development camp continued, many scouts and fans took notice of prospect Scott Morrow, who had a rather impressive development camp, showing composure and making his NHL future a lot more certain. Another interesting story to watch is that of Jeremiah Slavin, brother of current Hurricane Jaccob Slavin. As a first-time guest, he has caught the eye of some development staff, so it will be interesting to see if he follows in his brother’s footsteps by signing with the Canes, or even the affiliated Wolves. at the AHL.
In next month’s 32-by-32 series, we’ll dive into updated organizational depth charts to identify prospects’ rises, falls, and projected roles for the 2022-23 campaign.
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