Follow me on Twitter: @BenShelley_20
Follow HockeyBuzz Hurricanes on Twitter: @HB_Canes
The 2022 NHL Draft took place on Thursday and Friday, with the Carolina Hurricanes making seven selections.
Carolina didn’t have a first-round pick, following their offer sheet for Jesperi Kotkaniemi last summer. Following a trade involving Tony DeAngelo with the Philadelphia Flyers though, the Hurricanes did add three more picks, but then also ended up moving the 188th pick in the draft to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2023 sixth-round pick.
Here’s a recap of their picks.
GLEB TRIKOZOV (2ND ROUND, 60TH OVERALL)- The Hurricanes’ first pick didn’t come until 60th overall, where they selected Russian forward Gleb Trikozov. The winger scored at a really strong rate in the MHL this season, with 23 goals and 45 points in 35 games.
ALEXANDER PEREVALOV (3RD ROUND, 71ST OVERALL)- Just 11 picks later, Carolina took another MHL forward in Perevalov. With 25 goals and 50 points in just 42 games, Perevalov had similarly strong production.
SIMON FORSMARK (4TH ROUND, 101ST OVERALL)- Forsmark was the first defenseman taken by the Hurricanes. The left-handed defender split the season between professional and junior hockey in Sweden, scoring at an excellent rate of 27 points in 23 junior games, while also suiting up for 41 SHL games.
CRUZ LUCIUS (4TH ROUND, 124TH OVERALL)- Lucius didn’t play a ton this season due to an injury but was part of the U.S. National Team Development Program. The forward’s brother, Chaz Lucius, was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in last year’s NHL Draft.
VLADIMIR GRUDININ (5TH ROUND, 156TH OVERALL)- Grudinin is a left-handed Russian defenseman, standing at 5-foot-10. He split the year primarily between the MHL and VHL but did also suit up for six KHL games.
JAKUB VONDRAS (6TH ROUND, 171ST OVERALL)- The Hurricanes drafted yet another goalie as well, making Vondras the fourth goalie drafted by the team over the last two years. He posted strong numbers playing U20 hockey in Czechia.
ALEXANDER PELEVIN (7TH ROUND, 205TH OVERALL)- With their final pick of the draft, Carolina took defenseman Alexander Pelevin. The defender spent the year in the MHL, registering eight points in 29 games.
OTHER ARTICLES FROM JULY
Hurricanes trade Tony DeAngelo to Flyers