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What's this?Please select....Baseball TicketsNBA TicketsNFL TicketsNASCAR TicketsWWE TicketsGolf TicketsTennis Tickets 'Canes make Dumoulin top pick of Day 2Posted | Comment | Recommend E-mail | Save | Print | By Joedy Mccreary, AP Sports WriterRALEIGH, N.C.

— The Carolina Hurricanes opened the second day of the NHL draft by continuing to address their biggest need.The Hurricanes took a pair of bulky skaters in the early rounds Saturday, picking defenseman Brian Dumoulin in the second round and Swedish forward Mattias Lindstrom in the third round."We've certainly addressed what we want to as far as size," general manager Jim Rutherford said via conference call from Montreal.

"Of course, now these guys have to develop and turn into players."Dumoulin is a 6-foot-3, 197-pounder who was the 61st-rated North American skater by Central Scouting.

He went with the 51st overall selection.

The 17-year-old from Biddeford, Maine, was the defensive player of the year in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and will play at Boston College next season.The 6-foot-4, 203-pound Lindstrom was the 22nd-rated international skater, and went with the 88th pick.

The 18-year-old played for both Skelleftea's junior and senior teams and "put a scare into a lot of guys there," Rutherford said.Lindstrom, who had one goal in seven playoff games with the senior team, became the first Swede drafted by the Hurricanes since 2004."To be that big at this age, usually it takes them a little while for their skating to catch up," Rutherford said.Rutherford planned to spend this draft adding size and depth to an organization that can afford to be patient with these players.

Carolina's system already appears ripe with prospects who seem to be ready to make the jump to the NHL, including previous first-round picks Brandon Sutter and Zach Boychuk."We've addressed what we wanted," Rutherford said.

"Now, the development of these guys starts."Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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