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Now That The Draft Is Over

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A few random thoughts from Day 2 of the sleepiest NHL entry drafts of all time:

Short term, you’d have to concede that the Boston Bruins are the most improved team since the end of the season, given that they landed arguably the best or second-best prospect in the draft - Tyler Seguin - Friday night; and added a potential point-per-game player in Nathan Horton earlier in the week….

Long-term though, the big winners over the weekend was unquestionably the Panthers, a team in need of a major overhaul. GM Dale Tallon, in his first month on the job, began the process by moving out Horton earlier in the week and then traded defenceman Keith Ballard to the Vancouver Canucks Friday night.

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NHL Entry Draft Notes

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LOS ANGELES (June 25, 2010)—The 2010 NHL Entry Draft concluded this afternoon with a total of 210 players selected from 12 countries. Following is a breakdown of 2010 Entry Draft selections by birthplace:

Canada     99
United States     59
Sweden     20
Russia     8
Finland     7
Czech Republic     5
Germany     5
Slovakia     2
Switzerland     2
Denmark     1
Latvia     1
Norway     1
TOTAL     210

TRADES ANNOUNCED AT THE ENTRY DRAFT TODAY

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Chicago’s Core Remains In Place

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from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

Quenneville spoke publicly Saturday for the first time since the Hawks completed a multiplayer deal with the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday. The trade was made to help Chicago deal with salary cap constraints.

“Whether it’s tough or not, it’s the reality of the business,” Quenneville said just before the second round of the NHL draft. “Things will change. It’s not necessarily hockey trades. They’re business trades.”

Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager were moved to the Thrashers, and hours later Colin Fraser was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Quenneville admitted it was tough to see them leave, but he knows they have enough in place to repeat.

“You look at the core and nucleus and it’s in place,” Quenneville said. “We’ll have to get younger. It’s not going to be the same, but the core is there.”

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NHL Draft

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The NHL draft is underway.  The first round went yesterday and the remainder is going to occur today.  It is always hard to make authoritative comments on the draft.  Many players are players I have never seen.  Of the few players I have seen, I have rarely seen them play very much.  Even if I had seen them play a lot, I would probably get it wrong quite often as history shows the scouts do when you look at past drafts.

This draft had the false hype of Edmonton’s choice between Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin at first overall.  I think that Edmonton had decided upon Hall well before the draft, but the decision was not announced publicly, so there was a story created around it.  It would have been a bit of a shocker if they did pick Seguin.

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Draft Day Talk

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson confirmed speculation there is interest in goalie Evgeni Nabokov, whose contract is up on July 1. The Flyers are expected to be the front-runner to land Nabokov’s rights, although Wilson wasn’t revealing much on Friday.

“Have people contacted me about him? Yes,” Wilson said. “More than one.”

And that’s all he was revealing.

According to an NHL source, the Blackhawks are shopping forward Kris Versteeg, although they don’t consider it a necessity to deal him. That might be why the asking price for Versteeg remains high.

For the right price, the Atlanta Thrashers and Penguins are among the teams interested in Versteeg, although neither would like to pay the rumored asking price of a first-round pick and a prospect.

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Surprise Pick For Columbus

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

This Blue Jackets’ draft party in Nationwide Arena was a little like a New Year’s Eve party where midnight never came.

When general manager Scott Howson announced Ryan Johansen was the Jackets’ pick at No. 4 overall, many of the fans watching the arena’s big board didn’t know how to react.

There were no whoops. No screams. No celebration. There were no boos that I could hear, but there were a lot of oohs.

Johansen? Weren’t the Jackets supposed to take Erik Gudbranson, Cam Fowler or Brandon Gormley, one of the three stud defensemen the fans had heard so much about?

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Spezza Likely Staying In Ottawa

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via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Murray said he’ll sit down with Spezza face-to-face when he gets back to Ottawa and put the trade talk to rest.

“There’s not going to be (a trade) at this point in time,” said Murray.

“We’ve talked enough about Jason. I’m very happy. We’ll talk to Jason as I get back to Ottawa and continue to get this back in place so that all the speculation goes away.”

Spezza’s no-movement clause kicks in on July 1 and the Senators haven’t been able to find anybody willing to pick up the $33 million US left on his contract who is going to give them a decent return.

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Late Evening Line

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“There were a lot of conversations over the last few days about players being moved, and it didn’t happen.  Maybe the ask was too high. Teams in some cases were looking for first-round picks for players that everyone knows they’re either in a cap situation, they’re in a tough spot, and I think it’s good they didn’t get off the hook by collecting a bunch of first-round picks.”

-Sabres GM Darcy Regier on the lack of trades at the NHL Entry Draft, via John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

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North America Well Represented In First Round Of The NHL Entry Draft

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

The first round of the NHL Entry Draft was a busy one for Canadians and a record one for Americans.

Fourteen of the 30 first-round picks were Canadian, including the first four, six of the first seven and 10 of the first 14. But after that, the first round belonged to the United States, which had a record 11 players taken in the opening round—but none until Jack Campbell became the first goaltender taken when he was selected by Dallas with the 11 th pick.

Unlike last year, when a record seven Swedes went in the opening round, none were chosen this year. In fact, there were only five Europeans among the first 30 picks—three Russians, one Finn and Switzerland’s Nino Niederreiter, who became the highest-chosen Swiss player in draft history when he was taken by the New York Islanders at No. 5.

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Oilers Tried To Get One & Two Pick

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun at the Toronto Sun,

Steve Tambellini tried hard to hit the home run—getting Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin—but couldn’t swing the deal.

“We had some good discussions,” said the Oilers GM. “But by the end I knew that Boston really wanted to make a selection that was really important for his organization, also. But it was worth a try—I would have loved to have them both.” When that didn’t work, he kept pressing for three through 15.

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