2017 NHL Draft: Hurricanes claim more prospects during final rounds

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CHICAGO, ILL. – The Carolina Hurricanes made their remaining selections at the 2017 NHL Draft that concluded at United Center on Saturday.

Following the team’s first-round selection, center Martin Necas was picked 12th overall on Friday, the Hurricanes selected seven more players during the second through seventh rounds.

Carolina’s Prospect camp will begin on Monday.

2017 NHL Draft Tracker – Carolina Hurricanes

Round 2

With two selections in the second round, 42nd and 52nd overall, Carolina picked center Eetu Luostarinen and defenseman Luke Martin.

Luostarinen played with KalPa of the Finnish league in 2016-17, and finished the season with three goals and four assists in 32 games.

In 23 games with KalPa’s junior team, Luostarinen (6’3”, 178 lbs.) scored 11 goals and earned eight assists (19 points).

Internationally, he represented Finland at the 2016 Under-20 Five Nations Tournament, and earned three assists in four games.

Martin, a St. Louis, Mo. native, scored one goal and earned six assists in 2016-17 while playing in 35 NCAA games as a freshman with the Michigan Wolverines.

The six-foot-two-inch, 221-pound blueliner is a product of the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) and represented the United States at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2016 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament.

Round 3

Carolina held two picks in the third round and used the first of those to select center Morgan Geekie 67th overall.

Geekie (6’2”, 190 lbs.), from Strathclair, Manitoba, finished tied for ninth in the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2016-17, and led the Tri-City Americans in goals (35) and points (90).

He was named to the WHL’s West Second All-Star Team following the season.

Stelio Mattheos (6’0”, 189 lbs.) was selected 72nd overall.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native tallied 61 points (26g, 35a) in 69 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2016-17, and finished sixth in the WHL with 15 power-play goals.

Round 4

In the fourth round, Carolina used its lone pick to select goaltender Eetu Makiniemi (6’2”, 176 lbs.) from Jokerit Jr. of Finland’s junior league.

The Vantaa, Finland, native posted a 2.68 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 26 games in 2016-17.

Round 6

Without a fifth-round pick, the Hurricanes selected Portland Winterhawks (WHL) defenseman Brendan De Jong 166th overall.

The Victoria, British Columbia native, a sizable figure at six-foot-five-inches and 192 pounds, scored eight goals and claimed 15 assists for 23 points while playing in all 72 of Portland’s regular-season games.

Round 7

Carolina finalized its 2017 draft class by selecting defenseman Ville Rasanen (6’2”, 167 lbs.) from Jokipojat of Finland’s second division with the 197th overall pick.

He scored one goal and earned five assists (6 points) in 21 games with Jokipojat, and scored nine goals to go along with nine assists (18 points) in 22 games with Jokipajat’s junior team in 2016-17.

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