Actually…it’s Eric Staal bobblehead night at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC tonight as the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Ottawa Senators. To me however, this looks a bit more like Spencer “King of all things Douche” Pratt(although I’m told looks more like Staal in person). Staal is of course deserving of a bobblehead in his honor as he is the Canes’ captain, led them to a Stanley Cup championship, and just won a gold medal playing for his home country of Canada. Pratt, not so much.
There are other reasons to head out to the RBC tonight if you’re in Raleigh and looking for something to do. For one, you can check these out. The Hurricanes just happen to have players who played for Finland(bronze), USA(silver), and Canada(gold) in the quite popular Olympic hockey tournament. Those medals will be on display and you can even have your picture taken with them.
Secondly, the Hurricanes team taking the ice tonight will be just a bit different than the one from a couple days ago. The Canes were quite busy before yesterday’s NHL trade deadline and in the process positioned itself for a strong future push. Below, is breakdown of the action.
– Carolina traded Scott Walker to Washington for seventh-round pick.
– Carolina traded Andrew Alberts to Vancouver for a third round pick.
So, we saw a lot of familiar faces head out of town, however we saw a lot of youth and draft picks head our way. A point to remember, other than Alberts, those players were unrestricted free agents at the end of the season so they could’ve left town without anything in return. As it stands now, our draft situation this year looks like this:
Round 1, Pick 3
Round 2, Pick 3
Round 2, Pick 20
Round 2, Pick 21
Round 3, Pick 3
Round 3, Pick 24
Round 4, Pick 11 (conditional, could become 2011 pick)
Round 5, Pick 19
Round 6, Pick 3
Round 6, Pick 22
Round 7, Pick 3
Round 7, Pick 30
thanks to tww for that
Of course, these pick orders are depending on our finish this season. We are 3rd from last in the NHL but also 8 points out of the playoffs with 20 games left. This brings up another question. Are we good enough to make the playoffs? Should we tank it to get a top 3 pick(which seems to be a “slam dunk” this year)? Who knows what will happen(:ahem: probably neither), but it is clear we have quite a bit to work with. We are positioned to make a lot of strides this offseason. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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