It took them three picks, but the Canes squeezed another player from the Plymouth Whalers, the OHL team owned by Canes owner Peter Karmanos, into the orgaNIzation. (I've got orgaNIzation overload after watching the NHL Network for three hours.)
With their fourth-round pick, 105th overall, the Canes took defenseman Michal Jordan, who was the youngest player on the Czech team at the World Junior Championships and was unranked by the NHL's Central Scouting Service. (The Hockey News ranked him 89th overall and Red Line Report 110th.)
The Hurricanes have made 114 draft picks since Karmanos bought the Hartford Whalers in 1994. More than 10 percent — 14 of them — have come from a Karmanos-owned junior team, including three in the past two drafts.
The Canes have two picks left today, 165th and 195th overall, so that number could rise higher before the day is done.
What's baffling is the lack of success these players have had at the pro level. The 11 picks prior to last year's draft have played a combined 45 NHL games. Only six even played at the AHL/IHL level, a combined 635 games. Five played less than 20 pro games, period.
The jury is still out on Chris Terry and Brett Bellemore, both of whom were with Albany (AHL) at the end of last season and are expected to play there this season.
Here's the full list from Detroit (1994-1997) and Plymouth (1997-):
Matt Ball, ninth round, 1994: 0 NHL games
Milan Kostolny, eighth round, 1995: 0
Mike Rucinski, ninth round, 1995: 26
Steve Wasylko, fourth round, 1996: 0
Randy Fitzgerald, eighth round, 1997: 0
Kevin Holdridge, third round, 1998: 0
Damian Surma, sixth round, 1999: 2
Tomas Kurka, second round, 2000: 17
Jared Newman, fourth round, 2000: 0
Rob Zepp, fourth round, 2001: 0
Jonas Fiedler, eighth round, 2004: 0
Chris Terry, fifth round, 2007: just signed pro contract
Brett Bellemore, sixth round, 2007: just signed pro contract
Michal Jordan, fourth round, 2008: just drafted