Or will they?
At No. 5, the 'Canes currently occupy their highest selection since 2004, and it comes in a draft class labeled by many as a once-in-a-decade group. GM Jim Rutherford may have other plans in mind, however, as rumors of a potential trade-down have been roaring for weeks.
For the moment, the Hurricanes occupy five picks in the seven-round order—choices No. 5, 35, 66, 126 and 156 in the first, second, third, fifth and sixth rounds, respectively.
What will they do with each of those selections? What trades could possibly also be up Rutherford's sleeve? Our fairly optimistic and undeniably bold mock draft falls on the coming slides.
Note: The predictions and projections which follow are based solely on our own opinion and are highly likely to be false.