Carolina Hurricanes on the Clock: Reviewing Each Draft Since 2000

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Carolina Hurricanes on the Clock: Reviewing Each Draft Since 2000

There's no doubt in the minds of the Carolina Hurricanes that Eric Staal has become the ultimate leader and icon for the 'Canes.

With 179 career goals and 235 career assists, Eric Staal's 428 points in just six NHL seasons have set him apart from the rest of the Hurricanes' franchise history in Raleigh.

Just imagine that such a leader, and, now, team captain, was once just another 18-year-old prospect, walking up to the podium to receive his new red-and-black jersey, given to him with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

The Carolina Hurricanes and longtime General Manager Jim Rutherford have certainly not had a lack of success in the NHL selection process. With just 20-or-so typical NHL roster spots available per team and only another 25 at the AHL level, it's remarkable how many draft picks, from the years since the franchise has moved to North Carolina, have made it all the way to the biggest ice hockey stage in the world.

Here's a look at each NHL Entry Draft since 2000 and how the 'Canes fared in it, looking back, as we head towards uncharted waters of the ever-important 2010 draft.

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