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Eight Players Drafted In The First Round From USNTDP

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team was the star of the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

Eight players were selected at Rogers Arena on Friday, including seven in the top 15. The previous record was three, done seven times (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018).

"Kind of shows what they're doing there in Plymouth (Michigan), the way they're producing players, they have the formula figured out," said left wing Matthew Boldy, selected by the Minnesota Wild at No. 12.

"They know what they're doing and they're doing it the right way. It's only going to get better from here on out. They're only going to keep improving and producing better players. I owe a lot to that place. I don't think I'd be where I was without them."


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Trade Talk At The Draft

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

Leafs GM Kyle Dubas was seen conversing on the draft floor with his counterpart, David Poile, from the Predators. My TSN colleague Bob McKenzie reported during our Insider Trading segment on Friday that the Leafs have indeed inquired about P.K. Subban.

It certainly makes sense from the Leafs perspective as they desperately need help on the right side of their defense. But I also think that given Toronto’s precarious cap situation, the Predators would have to eat some of that $9-million cap hit on Subban’s contract.

And, well, it goes without saying there are other teams calling Nashville about Subban, too.

For the Leafs to shed some cap space they need to figure out the Patrick Marleau situation for one. A source told me on Friday night that the Leafs and Coyotes have re-engaged on the idea of a potential trade scenario in which Arizona gets a sweetener for taking on Marleau’s deal and then turning around and buying him out, which would make him a UFA. He would then, presumably, be free to sign a cheaper deal in San Jose where he wants to return.

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After the First Round Of The NHL Draft

VANCOUVER (June 21, 2019) -- Following are notes from the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft presented by adidas, held Friday at Rogers Arena:


The New Jersey Devils selected center Jack Hughes of USA Hockey's Under-18 team from the National Team Development Program first overall. Hughes is the eighth American-born player selected first overall in the NHL Draft and the first since Auston Matthews in 2016 by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Year     First Overall           Picked By        Birthplace

2019     Jack Hughes           New Jersey       Orlando, Fla.

2016     Auston Matthews    Toronto             San Ramon, Calif.

2007     Patrick Kane            Chicago            Buffalo, N.Y.

2006     Erik Johnson           St. Louis           Bloomington, Minn.

2000     Rick DiPietro           NY Islanders     Winthrop, Mass.

1995     Bryan Berard           Ottawa              Woonsocket, R.I.

1988     Mike Modano          Minnesota         Livonia, Mich.

1983     Brian Lawton           Minnesota         New Brunswick, N.J.

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Video- The Best Of Tonight’s NHL Draft

4 minutes to watch and you are done, just like me.  Goodnight.


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Video- Day One Of The NHL Draft Saw No Players Traded

via Sportsnet,

Chris Johnston and Irfaan Gaffar talk about the first day of the NHL draft which saw no players traded, even though plenty of rumours are floating around.


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The First Round Of Tonight’s NHL Draft In A Snapshot

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Hype Time

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

A dazzling U.S. centre who torched the National Development Program gets chosen No. 1 overall, followed by a hulking Finnish winger at No. 2 who is already dominating amongst men at the pro level.

It looks familiar, doesn’t it? After all, it was only three years ago when Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine went 1-2 in the NHL Entry Draft 2016.

On Friday night in Vancouver, a similar scene unfolded on the draft floor of Rogers Arena when the New Jersey Devils chose American centre Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick and the New York Rangers followed it up by selecting Finland’s Kaapo Kakko at No. 2.

Not to heap too much pressure on the young kids, but their two respective franchises can only hope that they have a similar effect as Matthews and Laine have had on the Maple Leafs and Jets.

It’s obviously a high bar to meet.


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LA Kings Select Alex Turcotte At #5

Updates end at #5 for me, will do a recap later.


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Bowen Byram Goes #4 To The Colorado Avalanche

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Kirby Dach Goes #3 To The Chicago Blackhawks

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