Lethbridge Hurricanes Center Reid Duke had his NHL dreams come true when he was selected in the 6th round, 169th overall by the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
The 6’0, 188 pound Calgary, AB native has been on the NHL Draft radar all season long, being ranked as high as 65th among North American Skaters at the mid-term rankings in January. He ended up ranked 137th among North American Skaters after finishing the season with 40 points (15G, 25A) in 62 games. Duke also earned himself an invite to the NHL Combine giving himself one last chance to impress NHL brass ahead of today.
Duke becomes the first Hurricanes player since Brody Sutter in 2011 (Carolina, 7th round, 193rd overall) to be selected in the NHL entry draft which is great news for the organization.
“We’re very proud of Reid and his accomplishments. It’s great for him getting drafted and being recognized” commented General Manager Brad Robson. He added “today the work begins as he starts another chapter in his hockey career. This is a great opportunity for him going to Minnesota; they are a team on the move.”
The Lethbridge Hurricanes would like to congratulate Reid on taking this next step in his hockey career.