SUNRISE, Fla. -- With 45 friends and family in attendance, Noah Hanifin was selected No. 5 overall by the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday at the 2015 NHL draft.
Not only is he a talented defenseman, but Hanifin also has strong character traits that many in the hockey world respect on and off the ice. It was the main reason he was captain of the Team USA Under 17-team that won Gold at the 2014 World Hockey Challenge.
A 6-foot-2, 203-pound product of Boston College, Hanifin possesses solid offensive skills but believes in the defense-first mentality. Most thought he would’ve been selected a bit higher than fifth, due to his hockey IQ and work ethic.
Hanifin definitely has the ability to play at the NHL level next season, especially with a team such as the Hurricanes, but he hasn’t decided whether he’ll return to Boston College or turn pro. He’ll attend Carolina’s development camp this summer, likely before both the organization and player decide what’s best for both sides.
The Hurricanes are trying to re-tool their team in an effort to improve while being unable to get rid of some larger contracts on their books.