Assuming the Hurricanes keep the 14th overall pick — instead of trading up, down or out of the first round entirely — here are a few players likely to be under consideration in that spot:
• Josh Bailey, C, Windsor (OHL), 6-1, 180 — Hard-working, two-way center may not have a ton of scoring upside, but would be a safe pick and could emerge as an NHL playmaker.
• Zac Dalpe, RW, Penticton (BCHL), 6-1, 170 — This Ohio State-bound scoring winger saw his stock skyrocket after a six-inch growth spurt. Scouts like his hustle and work ethic.
• Colby Robak, D, Brandon (WHL), 6-3, 193 — Canes tend to stay away from defensemen early, but Robak has the skating ability and offensive instincts they’re seeking. Lacks a physical edge.
• Kyle Beach, C, Everett (WHL), 6-3, 203 — A mean and angry agitator, Beach also has some skill. But scouts wonder whether he can control his aggression and worry about his concussions.