In draft news, the Hurricanes picked up a Swede, a Swiss, an American, and a couple of Canadians. (Ryan Murphy, the Hurricanes first-round pick and Kitchener Ranger teammate of Jeff Skinner is on Twitter, follow him).
Brody Sutter, the Hurricanes seventh-round pick, could make the Checkers squad in September. While many draft picks are too young to play in the AHL their first season after the draft, Brody turns 20 in September, making him AHL eligible.
Like members of the Staal family that the Hurricanes like to collect, Brody becomes the third Sutter to join the Hurricanes organization. Brody is another cousin of Brandon and Brett Sutter. The three Hurricanes/Hurricanes prospects are sons of different brothers, but grandsons of the same grandmother. They come from a huge hockey family in Alberta. Six of the seven sons in the family had successful NHL careers, and all six continue to have successful management careers with NHL teams as coaches, GM’s and scouts. Brody’s dad, Duane, won four-straight Stanley cups as a member of the New York Islanders in the 1980’s.
- Raleigh’s beat writer Chip Alexander wrote a piece summing up the draft, and the possibility of Brody Sutter and Victor Rask, the Hurricanes second round pick from Sweden who could opt to play in Charlotte in 2011, or a Canadian junior team if he decides not to continue his development in his home country.
- Another notable NHL name was drafted by the Hurricanes yesterday in the third round. Keegan Lowe is a defenseman and the son of Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe. He spent time in Raleigh in 2006 cheering for the Oilers when they lost to the Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Finals.