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Summarizing the Red Wings’ draft haul

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 5:45 PM: The Red Wings' press corps is beginning to wrap up the Wings' draft haul, and we're going to focus on Detroit's take on its second-day prospects, starting with the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness's report on the diminuitive Vili Saarijarvi...

The Wings found a right-handed shot defenseman, who was a forward until four years ago, with their first pick on Saturday. Vili Saarijarvi, who was taken 73rd overall, had six goals and 17 assists in 57 games last season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.

“The complete package – size, strength, competiveness, hockey sense and skill,” [Red WIngs director of amateur scouting Tyler] Wright said. “There’s not really one thing that he doesn’t do very well. I think his skating’s got to maybe come a little bit. It’s not bad by any means but I think it’ll come with strength. He’s committed.

“This kid is a good character kid,” Wright continued. “Hockey means everything to him and his family. He was just too good for us to pass up.”

And we'll continue with Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave's report about the subsequent picks...

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Arizona/Philadelphia Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of defenseman Chris Pronger from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Sam Gagner and a conditional fourth round draft choice in 2016 or a third round draft choice in 2017.

The 30-year-old Grossmann registered 5-9-14 and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 68 games with the Flyers in 2014-15. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden has recorded 10-69-79 and 288 PIM in 531 career NHL games with the Flyers and Dallas Stars. Grossmann was originally drafted by the Stars in the second round (56th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft.

Gagner collected 15-26-41 and 28 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Coyotes last season.

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NHL Awards Announced

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

  I have had a busy few days and am only now starting to comment on the recent happenings in the NHL.  Today I want to talk about Wednesday's NHL awards.  Here are the voting results and here are the people I would have voted for if I had a ballot.

One ballot rarely changes anything of significance, but it is always fun to see what the effect of my ballot would have been.  My fourth and fifth picks for the Selke Trophy in Paul Gaustad and Eric Nystrom were not serious players in the actual voting.  They had not placed among the top 20 vote getters.  I think the tough defensive role they played with more defensive zone starts than anyone in the league made them good candidates.  My second place Jack Adams Trophy vote for Bruce Boudreau would have moved him from 13th to 11th in the voting passing Gerard Gallant and Mike Yeo.  I think he should be much higher than that.  My Lady Byng voting would have shuffled a couple people further down in the voting.  I picked Patrick Kane to win this award.  He finished tenth in the voting.  With my vote he would have passed Ryan O'Reilly into ninth.  My fourth place vote went to Logan Couture.  He finished eighth in the voting.  My vote would have moved him into seventh passing Matt Moulson.  I was the only person to give Cory Schneider a Vezina vote with my third place selection.  I am surprised he didn't show up on any ballots.  On the all star teams, my third place vote at centre for Tyler Seguin would have pulled him into a fourth place tie with Steve Stamkos - although Stamkos has first place votes that Seguin doesn't so he would stay ahead.  Thus I wouldn't have changed anything significant - like a finalist - but I could have shuffled a few people further back in the award voting results.

Here were my comments when I saw who had been announced as finalists.  Below will be my comments on the actual winners.

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Notes From The 2015 NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SUNRISE, Fla. (June 27, 2015) – A total of 211 players from 14 countries were selected at the 2015 NHL Draft, which concluded today at BB&T Center.

Following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace:

Canada    79
United States    55
Sweden    19
Russia    17
Finland    13
Czech Republic    11
Slovakia    5
Switzerland    4
Latvia    3
Belarus    1
China    1
Germany    1
Netherlands    1
Ukraine    1
TOTAL    211

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Chicago Blackhawks Trade Antti Raanta To The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have acquired forward Ryan Haggerty from the New York Rangers in exchange for goaltender Antti Raanta.

Haggerty, 22, totaled 33 points (15G, 18A) in his first professional season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League last season. His seven power-play goals were third most on the team. Haggerty then recorded six points (2G, 4A) in 14 postseason games.

The Stamford, Conn., native previously registered 84 points (47G, 37A) over three seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Haggerty also participated in the United States National Team Development Program from 2009-11.

Raanta, 26, posted a 7-4-1 record, including one shutout, a .936 save percentage and 1.89 goals-against average in 14 games for the Blackhawks last season. The Rauma, Finland, native also notched an 8-1-1 record, including two shutouts, a .918 save percentage and 2.39 GAA in 11 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League last season.

Raanta owns a 20-8-5 record in 29 career NHL regular-season games, all with the Blackhawks. He signed his first NHL contract as a free agent with Chicago on June 3, 2013.

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My How The NHL Draft Has Changed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Pomp and pageantry was definitely not part of the NHL’s inaugural draft when six general managers sat around a hotel room in Montreal to divvy up 21 player prospects.

There were no calls to the podium. They weren’t greeted on stage by the league commissioner. Nobody slipped on a team jersey and cap while smiling uncontrollably as countless cameras and smart phones chronicled the moment of a lifetime.

Peter Mahovlich was part of the league’s first draft in 1963, though he didn’t know about it until the next day when a Red Wings scout called the house.

It was June 5, 1963 inside the Queen Elizabeth Hotel where the Red Wings, with the second overall pick, behind the Montreal Canadiens, selected a 16-year-old Mahovlich, who was finishing his sophomore year at St. Michael’s in Toronto.

“I was playing Junior B hockey at the time and we didn’t ever know there was going to be a draft,” said Mahovlich, now a pro scout for the Florida Panthers. “I found out the next that I was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings.


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Devan Dubnyk Contract Should Be Finalized On Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


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Red Wings draft Adam Marsh 200th overall

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 3:40 PM: With the 200th pick in the NHL draft, the Red Wings have selected...

Per Elite Prospects:

BIRTHYEAR  1997-08-22  BIRTHPLACE Chicago, IL, USA
AGE  17  NATION  USA / Canada
HEIGHT  183 cm / 6'0"  WEIGHT  73 kg / 161 lbs
NHL DRAFT  Prospect eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft
RANKINGS  Ranked #123 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #132 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #55 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

Father: Peter Marsh

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Red Wings select Patrick Holway 170th overall

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 2:13 PM: With the 170th pick, the Red Wings have selected...

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Red Wings select Chase Pearson 140th overall

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 12:58 PM: With the 140th overall pick, the Red Wings have selected...

Pearson on Elite Prospects:

BIRTHYEAR  1997-08-23  BIRTHPLACE Cornwall, ON, CAN
AGE  17  NATION  Canada / USA
HEIGHT  189 cm / 6'2"  WEIGHT  86 kg / 190 lbs
NHL DRAFT  2015 round 5 #140 overall by Detroit Red Wings
RANKINGS  Ranked #153 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #193 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #123 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

Father: Scott Pearson

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