2014 NHL Draft: Prospects the Carolina Hurricanes Could Draft in the 1st Round

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2014 NHL Draft: Prospects the Carolina Hurricanes Could Draft in the 1st Round
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Could the 'Canes use their first-round draft pick on Canadian defenseman Haydn Fleury (above right)?

In one month, Ron Francis and the Carolina Hurricanes will take the stand at the 2014 NHL entry draft to announce the No. 7 overall selection

He'll be choosing with the same pick that brought Jeff Skinner to the 'Canes four years prior, and he'll certainly hope to make a choice of equal success. However, while the options will be plentiful, the selection will be far from a simple one.

Should Francis address the Hurricanes' lack of forward size with one of two highly rated 6'2" Canadian forwards (Brendan Perlini and Nick Ritchie)? Should Francis focus on the team's lack of right wing prospects by drafting Kasperi Kapanen or William Nylander? Should Francis take the safe road and go with well-rounded defenseman Haydn Fleury?

Questions abound entering the the final weeks before the draft opening on June 27. Which player should Carolina draft with its lone first-round pick? A closer look at the five most likely selections falls on the coming slides.

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