Entries with the tag: 2011 nhl entry draft
Scotty Wazz, the host of the Face-Off Hockey Show and the author of The Strangest One of All blog, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about his experience covering at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft as well as his thoughts on the Philadelphia Flyers’ trades and a look at the upcoming NHL Free Agency season.
PH: So, the Face-Off Hockey Show was at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft covering the big event. What was that experience like for you guys?
SW: For us at FOHS, we use this as a great vacation getaway and to be able to hang out. We’ve been going since 2002 and it’s always great to see a new city and test out the bar scene and all of that. Plus, we get to meet our buddies in the media and this year—we attended a Tweet-Up and really got to know some new people we already knew about, but never knew about…..which makes no sense, but it puts a face to many names.
PH: What did you think of the draft as a whole? Iin your opinion, were there any surprises when it came to either picks or trades that were made?
SW: I think everyone thought that after the first four picks—it was going to be a crapshoot when it came to picks. It was a wide open draft and while some guys like Rocco Grimaldi dropped out of the first round; it wasn’t too unexpected. The trade that got me interested was Devin Setoguchi heading to Minnesota for Brent Burns, as it helps both teams. Burns can help the Sharks with some puck-movement and Setoguchi should be able to help the Wild with scoring. The thing with Burns is that he was Upper Deck’s signee for the second day of the Draft; so it was a bit of a farewell tour for him on Saturday.
The NHL is now all about developing prospects and getting your team set for the future.
The New York Rangers will be looking at their future this week as the organization will be holding its’ Prospect Camp at the Madison square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh, NY.
The camp will bring together several of the team’s top prospects, including Christian Thomas, Tim Erixon, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Bourque, and Dylan McIlrath. In addition, players selected at the NHL Entry Draft on Friday and Saturday in Minnesota, including first round selection J.T. Miller, will participate in the camp.
Here is the following from New York Post New York Rangers’ beat writer Larry Brooks on his Twitter account:
Sather: Grachev asked out, wanted new start. GM had been shopping him for year, Blues only team interested
Sather would not discuss Drury potential buyout/medical issue
Per Sather: Rangers will open next 3 seasons in Europe, no sites yet selected.
Rangers did not qualify Gilroy, headed to market after rejecting alternate offer
Good afternoon folks. I have been in and out of the house all day so unfortunately, I have not been on top of the second day of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
With that said, a good place to go to to learn more about how the New York Rangers have done on the draft is on the team’s web site as they are live at the draft.
And based on what I’ve read so far, it appears that New York Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow has done extremely well for his hockey club at the draft. I know you folks won’t like hearing this but the Islanders will be a very good hockey club in the near future.
Hope everyone continues to enjoy the draft!
With the 15th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Rangers took J.T. Miller from the National U.S. Team Development program.
While playing for the National Team this year, Miller picked up 3 goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 21 games. TSN compares him to Vancouver Canucks’ forward Mason Raymond and if Miller ends up being like Raymond, that will be a very good thing for the Blueshirts.
I am also sure there will be more on Miller on the team’s web site shortly.
Good afternoon folks. With the 2011 NHL Entry Draft just one day away and NHL Free Agency right around the corner, I wanted to get your thoughts on a few things:
- Who do you think the Rangers should take in this draft? Why?
- If you were Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather, would you be willing to trade your pick for something else? If so, why?
- Come July 1, do the Rangers make a bid on UFA Brad Richards? If so, what should Glen Sather be willing to offer Richards?
- What other potential free agents should the Rangers go after? How would they fit into the Rangers’ style of play?