The Carolina Hurricanes hold the fifth pick in this draft. The team wants to add a veteran defenseman capable of playing on one of it top two pairings.
The free agent market for defensemen is not exciting, so general manager Jim Rutherford is ready to deal.
“Getting a defenseman is our top priority before the start of the season,” Rutherford told the Raleigh News & Observer.
Could the No. 5 overall pick fetch such a player?
“I don't know,” he said. “I couldn't handicap it. It's a unique year. There seems to be more players available.”
The Hurricanes could also make a smaller deal, moving down in the first round while another prospect or veteran player to their mix.
“There has been a lot of interest in our pick,” Rutherford said. “If we do end up making a move, we would like to have a first-round pick of some kind. We have a few things to think over.”