21. Carolina Hurricanes
22. Winnipeg Jets
23. Florida Panthers
24. Anaheim Ducks
25. Dallas Stars
Alex Debrincat to the Carolina Hurricanes is the pick of this section. The 19-year-old from Farminton Hills, Michigan has put up over 100 points in each of his last three seasons playing for the Eerie Otters and Lake Forest of the USHL.
The first year of his Eerie Otters career DeBrincat played alongside Edmonton Oiler phenom, Connor McDavid. This year DeBrincat is playing alongside Phoenix Coyotes third overall draft pick Dylan Strome.
It seems that every year DeBrincat is defined by the players around him rather than what he brings to the table. Which is why the Hurricanes selected him with the 21st pick in this year’s draft. And why Ron Francis is walking around the draft floor looking like he’s applying for a grant from the Ministry of Silly Walks.
Monty Python joke aside, the Winnipeg jets get their second turn at the podium in the first round. And select defenceman Dennis Cholowski of the Chilliwack Chiefs.
The 6’1″ 176lbs out of Langley, BC is rather slight of frame but has been climbing the rankings for some time thanks to, as the Chilliwack Prospects puts it: “A solid showing at the World Junior A Challenge, where he helped Canada West to gold, boosted his stock significantly. A strong BCHL regular season was trumped by an even stronger playoff performance.”
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