With the first round of the 2016 NHL playoffs wrapping up on Wednesday night, here is a quick rundown of Canes-centric impacts from the first round results.
The draft picks
Los Angeles first-rounder
The most direct impact to the Hurricanes future is the what the winners and losers did to a couple draft picks that the Canes have acquired in trades. If my math is right, the Los Angeles Kings first round loss combined with the other results pushed the Kings 2016 first round pick that the Canes acquired in the Andrej Sekera trade all the way up to #19. [EDITED APRIL 29: PICK WILL BE #21] (Basically, the 8 first round winners will draft behind the Kings as will fellow first round losers Florida, Chicago and Anaheim who all had better regular season records. In the process of the Kings losing, the Canes also lost a conditional fifth round pick that was part of the Kris Versteeg trade and contingent on the Kings making it to the Western Conference Finals.
New York Rangers second-rounder
The New York Rangers’ early ouster at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins maximized the 2016 second round pick that the Canes obtained in the Eric Staal trade. That pick will now be eighteenth pick in the second round and 48th pick overall.
When you net it out, the Carolina Hurricanes will draft 4 of the first 50 prospects taken in the 2016 NHL draft and another 4 picks from the next slightly more than 50 (Canes, Jets and Bruins 3rd-rounders and Canes 4th-rounder). I expect some of these picks will be used as trade collateral, but Ron Francis will still continue his effort to stock the system with more depth.
After Frederik Andersen was named the game 3 starter for Anaheim with the Ducks down 2-0, I tweeted the following:
#Ducks drop out early & Andersen is ‘meh’, more likely they want cap space to improve elsewhere in which case maybe Andersen goes.