The Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames stole the show on Day 2 of the NHL Draft, coming together on a blockbuster trade. Carolina picks up Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and defence prospect Adam Fox and Calgary walks away with two players chosen fifth overall: Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm.
“We’ve gone nine years missing the playoffs…we’re going to try to change up the culture a little bit,” Hurricanes GM Don Waddell told the NHL Network. “We feel that all three pieces are going to make our hockey club better not just today but going into the future.”
Just two days ago Flames GM Brad Treliving was asked about the probability of trading Hamilton during draft weekend as there were rumours swirling the team was looking to move on from the 25-year-old blueliner. Treliving shot down those rumours.
Waddell claimed the two teams had been working on this deal for three-to-four weeks.
This is Hamilton’s third NHL team already, but he tied for the scoring lead among all NHL blueliners in 2017-18, posting 17 goals on the season. And he’s reached at least 42 points the past four seasons.
It was the biggest trade made in what was a relatively quiet weekend. Here’s how people reacted to the move on Twitter:
One Elias Lindholm, please. pic.twitter.com/yW3XCpwRQ4
— Longtime Uruguay Supporter (@Ben_Mathewson) June 22, 2018