The Canes' first-round selection — forward Philippe Paradis — took some by surprise. He does have the size general manager Jim Rutherford said would be a priority in the draft.
And in the second round today, with the 51st pick, the Canes took defenseman Brian Dumoulin. The 6-3, 197-pounder played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of Eastern Junior Hockey League and will attend Boston College.
Dumoulin, 17, from Biddeford, Maine, was named the defensive player of the league in the EJHL and had seven goals and 23 assists for a team that went 35-5-4-1.
"I'm a two-way hockey player," he said. "I can play both solid defense and I can also jump up in the play and create some offense. I think I'm a good skater (but) there are plenty of things to work on."
Dumoulin was the 61st-rated North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. He said his strengths were his body frame and skating ability.
Among the players at the NHL combine, he registered the lowest body fat percentage at 6 percent. He also was tied for first in wingspan at 80 inches.
His weakness? "I've got to work on my defensive play. I've got to get stronger in my own zone. I definitely have to get stronger (physically) as well."
Dumoulin, one of the youngest players in the draft, said he attended Game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Boston Bruins in Boston — a game won by the Canes.
"They have a young team and they have plenty of good years to come," he said of the Hurricanes.