PITTSBURGH -- The Canes traded away their first-round pick in the Friday blockbuster trade for Jordan Staal. They then attempted to work a trade to get back into the first round but it fell through.
So Saturday was the Canes' big day on the draft floor. With the eighth pick of the second round, 38th overall, the Canes finally drafted forward Phillip Di Giuseppe of the University of Michigan.
The Canes then went after another forward with the 47th pick, taking Brock McGinn of Guelph (OHL).
In describing his style of play, Di Giuseppe said, "I play a skill game. Good skater. I'm good with the puck, I read the ice well and bring a high skill set to the game."
Di Giuseppe, from Toronto, was a true freshman at Michigan -- in his first year of draft eligibility -- and had 11 goals and 15 assists in 26 games. He said he would return to Michigan for his sophomore season.
"He's a skilled winger with a great shot," said Tony MacDonald, the Canes' director of amateur scouting. "He's quick, he's smart, he gets involved physically. He doesn't mind going to the net and plays well in traffic. But his speed and his shot are two of his major assets."
McGinn had 12 goals and seven assists in 33 games for Guelph, which was coached by former Canes forward Scott Walker. He's the younger brother of Jamie McGinn of the Colorado Avalanche.
"He has two brothers who proceeded him into the NHL and he's the smallest of three," MacDonald said. "But he's a gritty, gritty, hard-nosed kid who understands the game very well. Great hockey sense."
Goalie Daniel Altshutter of Oshawa is listed at 6-3 and 191 pounds. He played 30 games for Oshawa this past season with a 3.55 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
"He's got tremendous upside," MacDonald said. "He'll be vying for a berth on the Team Canada (national) team."
Fourth round (three picks)
The Canes, with the 99th overall pick, took Swedish forward Erik Karlsson, who is not to be confused for defenseman Erik Karlsson of the Orttawa Senators. Karlsson, the draftee, played for Frolunda in the Swedish junior league and was the 14th-rated European skater by Central Scouting.
The Canes, with the 115th pick, took defenseman Trevor Carrick of Everett (WHL). At 120, they took defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who played for Chicago of the USHL.
With the 129th pick, the Canes selected forward Brendan Woods of the University of Wisconsin. He's 6-2 and 190 pounds and turned 20 this month, and is the son of Anaheim Ducks assistant coach Bob Woods.
"He's a big strong guy," MacDonald said. "He missed a year of hockey with an injury but came back and played this year. He likes to go to the net and has great upside. He's from a great program."
The Canes chose a second goalie -- for the first time since taking Justin Peters and Magnus Akerland in the 2004 draft -- in Collin Wilson of the U.S. National Team Development Program. Wilson, who is listed at 6-4, said he will attend Ohio State this year.
"We feel we got two of the best goalies in the draft," MacDonald said. "Both are big men and move very well. The programs they come from are very strong.
"We think we addressed a need for future goaltending."
With their final pick, No. 189, the Canes took forward Brendan Collier of Malden (Mass.) Catholic High. He's only 5-9 and 168 pounds but had 26 goals and 64 points in 25 games last season.
"He's small but a tremendously talented player," MacDonald said of Collier. "He competes like a bulldog."