RALEIGH, NC – The National Hockey League tonight announced that the Carolina Hurricanes have acquired the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, through the results of its annual draft lottery. The Hurricanes were originally slotted to select 11th in the draft.
Hurricanes President Don Waddell, who attended the draft lottery tonight in Toronto, will be available for a conference call at 10:30 p.m. ET. To be a part of the call, dial 1-800-719-7514 and enter conference code 715024.
Carolina has held the No. 2 overall selection three times in franchise history, selecting Sylvain Turgeon in 1983, Chris Pronger in 1993 and Eric Staal in 2003. The Hurricanes franchise has never had the No. 1 overall selection in the NHL Draft. The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft will be held on June 22 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas.
The Hurricanes will hold their 2018 NHL Draft Party at Raleigh Beer Garden, featuring television voice John Forslund and Hurricanes alumnus Shane Willis. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., with draft coverage starting at 7 p.m. Hurricanes mascot Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad will also be in attendance at Raleigh Beer Garden, which features the world’s largest beer selection with more than 300 beers on tap.