The Hurricanes pipeline is led by Andrei Svechnikov and Seth Jarvis. The former has change into a longtime prime winger, and the latter is shortly rising as a future NHL star winger. The prime finish after these two isn’t as thrilling, however this method may be very deep, thanks partially to the roughly 1,000 draft picks they made between the 2019 and 2021 drafts.

Key graduates: Martin Necas

2021 rating: No. 2

2022 NHL Draft grade: B

Full 2022-23 NHL Pipeline Rankings

Player Ranking

1. Andrei Svechnikov, LW

22 years outdated | 6-foot-2 | 195 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 2 in 2018
Tier: NHL All-Star

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: Above NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Svechnikov had a superb season, rising as a go-to participant on a prime NHL staff, though his postseason efficiency was fairly underwhelming in distinction. Svechnikov has each trait you need in an NHL participant. He’s huge, quick, highly effective, aggressive and filled with offensive creativeness. He can create with tempo, can get inside and may create from the perimeter too. Is he the sort of participant who can take over a sport? His playoffs say in any other case, however every little thing else seems like a participant who shall be a frequent All-Star.

2. Seth Jarvis, RW

20 years outdated | 5-foot-10 | 175 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 13 in 2020
Tier: NHL All-Star

Skating: Above NHL common
Puck expertise: Above NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: High-end

Analysis: Jarvis was extraordinarily spectacular for a youngster within the NHL, seeing his position enhance because the season went alongside, and turning right into a key participant for Carolina within the playoffs. His sport is performed at max effort and full velocity. Jarvis is a wonderful skater who, regardless of missing measurement, performs with out worry. He assaults the web with frequency even on the NHL degree, and regardless of his age was in a position to win battles. He combines that effort with a ton of talent and the power to make performs from the perimeter. Jarvis has continued to pattern up 12 months over 12 months and appears on the trail to changing into a real star within the league.

3. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C

22 years outdated | 6’2″ | 198 kilos | Shoots left

Signed to SPC
Tier: Bubble prime and center of the lineup participant

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Following the supply sheet drama of final summer time, Kotkaniemi didn’t have a breakout 12 months however matched his greatest scoring fee from his rookie season. I feel when you’re anticipating a star or somebody who will appear to be a No. 3 choose, that’s now what Kotkaniemi is. However, he’s nonetheless an enormous heart with superb palms and imaginative and prescient who could make plenty of performs and supply worth to a staff. His toes are, and all the time have been, a problem and maintain him again from doubtless ever changing into a real prime ahead, however I nonetheless see a stable top-six expertise.

4. Alexander Nikishin, D

20 years outdated | 6-foot-3 | 196 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 69 in 2020
Tier: Bubble prime and center of the lineup participant

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: Below NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Nikishin had a superb season, growing into a top quality two-way defenseman within the KHL and was an vital participant for Russia on the Olympics. Nikishin is a tall, sturdy defenseman who skates nicely. He defends successfully as a result of this mixture, but additionally as a result of he’s extremely bodily and a ache to play towards. He doesn’t have a ton of offense, however he could make a good outlet go and has a tough level shot. Nikishin seems like a future good top-four defenseman within the NHL, however after SKA paid a ton to amass him this offseason, the query is when precisely he’ll come to North America.

5. Jack Drury, C

22 years outdated | 5-foot-11 | 174 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 42 in 2018
Tier: Middle of the lineup participant

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: Below NHL common
Hockey sense: Above NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common

Analysis: Drury was glorious within the AHL. He was an enormous a part of a championship staff and excelled within the postseason, very like he did within the SHL the earlier season. He’s not going to seem on plenty of spotlight reels, however Drury is a really clever and aggressive ahead. He can be utilized in any scenario and creates offense within the high-percentage areas. He lacks NHL measurement and velocity, however he’s continued to discover a strategy to produce versus males, and I feel he’ll discover a strategy to do it within the NHL.

6. Scott Morrow, D

19 years outdated | 6-foot-2 | 195 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 40 in 2021
Tier: Middle of the lineup participant

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Below NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Morrow had a superb freshman season being one the perfect defensemen in Hockey East. Morrow is excellent at sure issues particularly when he has the puck. He’s a really expert and artistic participant who could make plenty of performs and has an enormous shot from the purpose. Morrow can also be a tall, cellular defenseman and the toolkit total is thrilling from a professional projection standpoint. His protection and risk-management are regarding and he will be irritating to observe, however he has a lot to work with I feel he could make it as a second or third-pair defenseman that’s utilized in a selected manner.

7. Justin Robidas, RW

19 years outdated | 5-foot-8 | 173 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 147 in 2021
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Elite
Puck expertise: Below NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Robidas had a productive third QMJHL season. His sport has a ton of velocity and tempo in it. He’s a tiny ball of vitality on plenty of shifts who can zip across the ice along with his elite velocity. He could make performs and rating, however I’d name his puck play inconsistent. If the scoring picked up I feel you’re speaking about an all-day NHLer even at his measurement, however I can see him nonetheless filling a job as a bottom-six winger.

8. Simon Forsmark, D

18 years outdated | 6-foot-2 | 191 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 101 in 2022
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: Below NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common

Analysis: Forsmark is a stable two-way defenseman who doesn’t supply a ton of flash. He makes good selections with the puck at each ends, utilizing his mind and measurement to make stops. I don’t assume his skating is a power, however I’ve seen worse toes and have seen him get previous checks and escape stress nicely sufficient. There are flashes of talent and legit offense with him, but it surely’s not constant. There’s sufficient to his toolkit to doubtlessly be a third-pair defender.

9. Cruz Lucius, RW

18 years outdated | 6-foot-1 | 184 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 124 in 2022
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Lucius is a really expert and artistic ahead. He exhibits the offensive thoughts to improvise nicely with the puck and create probabilities along with his stickhandling. He’s a powerful passer who seems to make performs and may achieve this underneath stress. He may rating from the dots. He’s not a bruiser or an important defensive participant, however Lucius doesn’t shy from the center of the ice. His skating is simply OK, and he received’t be a man who separates within the NHL. His talent and scoring skill will get him video games, however I don’t see him as a long-career kind as a result of missing a well-rounded sport.

10. Ryan Suzuki, C

21 years outdated | 6 toes | 180 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 28 in 2019
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Suzuki is a tricky analysis case. On the one hand I feel he has plenty of expertise. He skates, handles the puck and passes it like an NHLer. He received’t be mistaken for a bodily participant, however he has a two-way sport down the center and may PK. Suzuki has typically been injured the previous few years although and when wholesome he hasn’t actually produced at a excessive degree. The query then turns into what’s his NHL position regardless that I feel he has the products to be an NHL participant.

11. Aleksi Heimosalmi, D

19 years outdated | 5-foot-11 | 170 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 44 in 2021
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Even although Heimosalmi didn’t produce a lot offense this season, with three factors in 47 Liiga video games, I’d name him an offensive-tilted participant. He has sturdy palms and offensive IQ, and is an effective skater as nicely who could make performs with tempo. He’s not that huge, however along with his toes and mind, he defends nicely sufficient. I don’t see precisely what his NHL position can be, however there’s sufficient to his sport to be a helpful piece on a depth chart.

12. Ville Koivunen, C

19 years outdated | 5-foot-11 | 161 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 51 in 2021
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Koivunen had 12 months, being a stable contributor to Karpat in Liiga and to Finland’s U20 staff. He’s a really sensible participant who could make plenty of powerful performs with the puck. Koivunen is ready to generate from the perimeter along with his playmaking and shot, however doesn’t shy from going to the web both to create offense. He’s not that huge or fast although so his puck sport must be glorious to be an on a regular basis NHL participant. I feel he will get video games however I can’t say he’s an extended profession kind at this stage.

13. Gleb Trikozov, RW

17 years outdated | 6-foot-1 | 185 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 60 in 2022
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Trikozov is a gifted winger. He shows nice particular person expertise and creativity with the puck to typically beat opponents one-on-one. He can create for himself along with his talent whereas additionally exhibiting nice imaginative and prescient and instincts as a playmaker to seek out seams. Trikozov’s imaginative and prescient and shot make him a risk from the perimeter and an asset on the ability play. His skating is simply OK and his sport normally can lack tempo. I waver on his compete. I’ve seen video games he takes nights off and different video games he’s engaged and works onerous on each side of the puck. Trikozov tasks as a full-time bottom-six winger.

14. Noel Gunler, RW

20 years outdated | 6-foot-2 | 176 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 41 in 2020
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Below NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: There’s no doubting the offensive expertise Gunler has. Especially contained in the offensive zone with the palms, imaginative and prescient and shot he possesses he can beat defenses in quite a lot of methods. His skating is simply OK although, and his huge points traditionally have been his in-and-out effort. I feel he performs in a backside six as a result of there’s an excessive amount of expertise there however I can see him irritating a coach too.

15. Jamieson Rees, C

21 years outdated | 5-foot-10 | 182 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 44 in 2019
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common

Analysis: Rees was up and down this season, enjoying down the lineup of a deep AHL staff. You love his talent and work ethic, and he’ll have some shifts that get you excited. As a smaller ahead with out nice velocity and who didn’t submit nice numbers this season, it’s onerous to get too enthusiastic about him. Due to how onerous he works I can see him getting some video games as a depth ahead.

16. Alexander Perevalov, LW

18 years outdated | 6 toes | 191 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 71 in 2022
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Perevalov could make plenty of good issues occur with the puck. He has glorious stick expertise, exhibiting constant skill to beat checks one-on-one and create contained in the offensive zone along with his stickhandling. He could make performs into seams and off the frenzy, which mixed with a tough shot make him a risk on the ability play. Perevalov competes nicely sufficient. He can PK a little bit, he doesn’t shy from participating and is difficult on pucks. His toes are his main difficulty as he can wrestle to drag away from opponents and beat guys extensive. He tasks as a bottom-six winger.

Has an opportunity to play (listed alphabetically)

Jackson Blake, RW

18 years outdated | 5-foot-10 | 158 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 109 in 2021

Analysis: Blake was USHL participant this season. He’s a highly-creative playmaker who competes nicely however isn’t that huge or quick.

Dominik Bokk, RW

22 years outdated | 6-foot-1 | 176 kilos | Shoots proper

Acquired by way of commerce

Analysis: Bokk has legit talent, velocity and scoring skill, however he’s wildly inconsistent along with his effort and appears to seek out himself on a brand new staff each season.

Dominick Fensore, D

20 years outdated | 5-foot-7 | 153 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 90 in 2019

Analysis: Fensore is a wonderful skater who can transfer pucks at a excessive degree, however he’s a tiny defenseman who I’ve reservations on whether or not he can defend versus higher gamers.

Vladimir Grudinin, D

18 years outdated | 5-foot-10 | 158 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 156 in 2022

Analysis: Grudinin is a gifted offensive defenseman. He has sturdy poise and talent with the puck, exhibiting he can run an influence play and create off the offensive blue line. He’s a good skater. Grudinin exhibits sufficient velocity to get previous guys or away from stress but it surely’s not wonderful for a small man. His edgework is great, though he depends on his 10-2 skating type an excessive amount of. I’ve a tough time seeing him, at his measurement and with out nice toes, being a powerful defender versus higher gamers so it’s why he’s a “has a chance guy,” now for me.

Anttoni Honka, D

21 years outdated | 5-foot-10 | 178 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 83 in 2019

Analysis: Honka has a ton of talent and offensive hockey sense and is an effective skater too, however his compete isn’t the perfect and whether or not he can defend versus males is an enormous query mark.

Alexander Pashin, LW

20 years outdated | 5-foot-8 | 154 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 199 in 2020

Analysis: Pashin is a high-end and borderline elite skater with good offensive skills. He’s very small and whether or not his sport will work within the NHL with out a large compete degree is to be decided, however I like how he’s developed and I might purchase him making it.

Vasili Ponomarev, C

20 years outdated | 5-foot-10 | 180 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 53 in 2020

Analysis: Ponomarev is a really expert and clever ahead who works onerous. He skates fantastic however isn’t a blazer and hasn’t been an enormous scorer traditionally. How he ended the season within the AHL is promising although.

Patrik Puistola, LW

21 years outdated | 6 toes | 175 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 73 in 2019

Analysis: Puistola is a really expert and artistic ahead who can rating targets, however his skating and compete degree are points.

Ronan Seeley, D

19 years outdated | 6 toes | 176 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 208 in 2020

Analysis: Seeley is a powerful skating defenseman who could make outlet go, make some performs within the offensive zone and competes nicely. He doesn’t excel at both offense or protection however he’s good at sufficient issues to have an actual shot to make it.


Player Eligibility: All skaters who’re 22 years outdated or youthful as of Sept. 15, 2022, no matter what number of NHL video games they’ve performed, are eligible. Player heights and weights are taken from the NHL.

Tool grades: Tool grades are primarily based on a scale with six separate ranges, with an eye fixed towards how this attribute would grade within the NHL (poor, below-average, common, above-average, high-end and elite). “Average” on this scale means the device tasks as NHL common, which is supposed as a constructive, not a criticism. Skating, puck expertise, hockey sense and compete for each projected NHL participant are graded. Shot grades are solely included if a shot is notably good or poor.

Tier Definitions: Tiers are supposed to present roughly the place in a mean NHL lineup a participant tasks to fit in.

(Illustration: Wes McCabe / The Athletic; photograph of Andrei Svechnikov: David Kirouac / Getty Images)



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