Jeff Skinner

Luke DeCock: Hurricanes' NHL draft path is clear, for once

The NHL draft is a fickle and complicated operation, tricky to negotiate, fraught with peril. For the Hurricanes on Friday, the first round is easy. For once. If defenseman Noah Hanifin is available when they pick fifth overall, the Hurricanes can take him and put together what is potentially a foundation blue-line trio for the future with Hanifin, Justin Faulk and 2014 first-round pick Haydn Fleury. If Hanifin is gone, they can trade down somewhere within the top 10 with a team that wants forwards Dylan Strome or Mitch Marner, one of whom will be there if Hanifin is not, picking up whatever extra picks are available along the way. It's that simple. The reasoning behind that...