With the NHL Draft set for Sunday, FOXSportsCarolinas.com spoke to Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford to get some insight into the team's strategy going into the event and also into the busy offseason process, which is set to begin on July 5 with the start of free agency. The 'Canes hold the fifth overall pick in the draft.
John Manasso: Do you think you will take the best player available (as opposed to drafting for a specific need)?
Jim Rutherford: Well, I think so. I wouldn't say 100 percent for sure. There's different types of players who fall into that area in the first round. We have a lot of skill guys. We feel we have enough guys who can score so I would say we could opt to do a different type of player, if the player could come in and play this year or next.
Manasso: Are there a lot of NHL-ready players in this draft?
Rutherford: Yeah, I think so. Usually, the higher you pick, the better chance you have to play right away. There's probably a group of fiv...