If you take a look at the Hurricanes developmental players, it's clear that there's a definite need for high quality defensive players. Picking in the fifth spot isn't helping the issue here either, as defensive help would be a reach unless Jones falls (which isn't going to happen).
Looking at the actual roster for the Canes you see a surplus of Forward talent and a lack of depth on the defensive side.
It's quite clear that the Cane's roster weakness is on defense. Yet there's the comments made by the team that indicates they'll be taking a forward at the 5th spot overall. The team won't be going defense at all in the first round, so don't expect it. Expect the Canes to draft either Drouin, Barkov or Nichushkini with the 5th pick. Pretty much a case of someone that falls or Nichushkini if he's there.
So the questing is how to fix the glaring issue on defense with out taking a player in the top 5 that's ready to play? The answer to that question becomes clearer with the knowledge that there was some chemistry issues with the 2nd line last season.
Drafting a forward that's expected to play right away doesn't make sense, if the top 6 is set in stone. Especially with a defense that's in shambles. So maybe the top 6 isn't set in stone like most would think.
There's an issue with one of the forwards being a puck hog and not playing well with others. This youngster has manage to make the two Staal brothers look like ordinary hockey players instead of all-stars. He just doesn't play well with others, he looks for himself and only himself most of the time, he also happens to need an enforcer on his line to help him excel.
The youngster I'm talking about is Skinner, who will likely be playing on the third line next season because of chemistry issues with the top two centers on the team.
I fully expect the Canes to try and trade him either during the draft or right after it. They need to get him out of here while he still has value and hasn't completely killed the chemistry of the team. Getting rid of Skinner also frees up a ton of Cap space that's desperately needed with the Staal's and Semin taking up so much room. He has the most trade value of the bunch because of his age.
The team does have Murphy who should be ready to make the jump, but he's not going to fix that mess by himself. The team isn't going to get the help right away in the draft. So a trade needs to be made to fix the defense, the most probable player for that trade is Skinner as he'll likely get the best return and sense it's obvious that he can't play well on the top two lines, he just isn't worth keeping for 6 Million a season. It just makes too much sense for the team to be successful in the future to not make the move.
With the rest of the draft, I fully expect the Canes to stock up the cupboard with a few defensive players and a couple of forwards. I expect it to be defensive heavy after the first pick as well.