With their first second round pick, #42 overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes followed a familiar pattern in taking a Finnish forward in Eetu Luostarinen. (2015 was Sebastian Aho and 2016 was Janne Kuokkanen.)
Eetu Luostarinen profile
Luostarinen is a player who rose rapidly during the 2016-17 season starting from being a lower-round draft pick and ultimately being rated as a second-round pick by Bob McKenzie at TSN. Even with the rapid rise, the Hurricanes took Luostarinen early obviously not wanting to risk not getting him later.
Luostarinen projects to be a good all-around center. He has projectable size at 6 feet 2 inches tall and is smooth skater. He is credited for having soft hands and also a high hockey IQ. Sounds a little bit like Sebastian Aho and Janne Kuokkanen which is encouraging.
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Luostarinen has only recently risen rapidly up the rankings, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie was early and aggressive in boosting him and had him at #56 in his final rankings.
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