There's no more wondering, the Carolina Hurricanes have announced who they'll be taking with the #2 overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft.
Barring an incredible trade offer, Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell confirmed to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer the team will be drafting Russain sniper Andrei Svechnikov with the #2 pick.
The 6'2" 186lb 19 year old Russian put up 40 goals in 44 games this past season for the Barrie Colts of the OHL, he also added 32 assists. He topped that off with another 11 points in eight playoff games which included five goals.
"These kinds of players don't come along that often," Waddell told Bridget Condon of ABC11. "That's why you have to be careful thinking about can we do better in the draft if we do something else. He's a special player and he could make a big impact and be a part of this progress as we move forward for a long time."
With the Buffalo Sabres taking Rasmus Dahlin with the #1 pick, the Hurricanes taking Svechnikov with the #2 pick, there's been plenty of speculation around who the Montreal Canadiens will take with the #3 pick including Filip Zadina, Brady Tkachuk, Quinn Hughes and even Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
Waddell says it’s safe to assume Canes will take Svechnikov if Carolina makes No. 2 pick and Dahlin as expected goes No. 1.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) June 7, 2018